Scheme is completed to help stop flooding

Coun John Harrison (right) at the new culvert, with Capita infrastructure team leader Ian Whitfield (left) and Capita project engineer Richard Martin.
Coun John Harrison (right) at the new culvert, with Capita infrastructure team leader Ian Whitfield (left) and Capita project engineer Richard Martin.

A £300,000 project has been completed to reduce the risk of flooding in Dudley.

Recent flooding has been caused by a small stream entering a culvert below Green Lane that was not big enough to cope with extreme rainfall.

But work by North Tyneside Council and Capita has seen a new culvert to the west of Dudley created, taking water away from the houses.

Construction started in September and is now complete, bar some minor works to tidy the site.

The new culvert connects to an existing ditch, which was cleared and widened, that drains into the Seaton Burn.

Additional new highway drainage has also been installed in Green Lane and this connects into the same new culvert, further reducing the volume of surface water entering the old culvert and consequently the risk of local flooding.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “This is fantastic news for Dudley residents. The stream that caused so many flooding problems for the village has now been diverted into a new culvert that avoids the area.

“There is now a much reduced risk of flooding in the future, which I know will be welcomed by the community.”