A £1.2m scheme is to begin to reduce the risk of flooding in part of North Shields.
Northumbrian Water is to upgrade sewers to free up capacity within pipes by diverting rainwater away from the existing network.
Work will begin to install new surface water sewers in Waterville Road, Weyhill Avenue and Meadow Well Way on Monday, May 9, following the construction of a site compound off Meadow Well Way during the previous week.
The project is expected to take up to seven months to complete.
The scheme has been designed by Amec Foster Wheeler, and the work will be carried out by contractors Esh Construction.
Residents in the area have been given an outline of the work being carried out.
Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager on the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding for our customers is a major priority, because we know how devastating it can be for people whose homes and businesses are affected.
“By freeing up capacity in the sewer network, we can take positive steps towards reducing such risk and help to give residents some peace of mind.
“We want to ensure customers who have views on the work, or want to know more, can get in touch with us so we have set up an online community portal.”
Northumbrian Water and its contractors are working closely with North Tyneside Council and NEXUS to minimise any impact of the necessary traffic management and phased road closures required to install the new pipes in highways and footpaths.
A customer session will take place at Meadow Well Connected, The Meadows, Waterville Road, North Shields on Wednesday, April 20, from 3pm to 6pm.
The portal which will help residents keep track of the work and related activity at www.nwlcommunityportal.co.uk
They can also call Northumbrian Water on 0345 7171100.