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More than 400m of Wincanton's sewers will be renovated by Wessex Water throughout August

Friday 29 July 2022, 16:01
By Wessex Water

Wessex Water road closure notice for Church Street in Wincanton

Wincanton’s sewers will be given a new lease of life courtesy of a £150,000 renovation project taking place next month.

More than 400 metres of pipes throughout the town will be revitalised by Wessex Water, with much of the project being completed by engineers using robots to help keep disruption to the local community to a minimum during August.

Instead of digging up long stretches of road through the town, excavations will be limited to two separate road closures near Wincanton town centre, allowing the sewers to be relined using specialist equipment located deep underground.

Previously, old sewers were replaced over a period of many months and significant digs, but the modern method reuses the existing pipework where possible, inserting a new liner inside the pipe to reduce the risk of leaks and potential sewer collapses. The robots work their way along the pipe to complete the work and make connections.

A road closure will be in place on Church Street (B3081) from the junction with North Street to the junction with Church Fields between Monday 1st August and Wednesday 17th August for relining to take place.

North Street will also be closed to through traffic from the junction with Market Place to the junction with Waterside Road between Thursday 18th August and Friday 2nd September, with the road being reopened at weekends.

Church Street road closure map

North Street road closure map

Access to both roads will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles, with No Parking cones in place near the work areas.

Sections of Bayford Hill are also among the areas where sewers will be relined using existing manholes and without the need to dig.

“In places these sewers are many decades old and have been damaged over time, leaving them prone to leaks or the possibility of collapse. However, by renovating and lining them we can maintain their condition for at least another 50 years.

“The no-dig technology means we can line the existing pipe, avoiding excavation as much as possible, to reduce any disruption.

“Two roads will need to be closed while this project continues, which is to ensure the renovations can be carried out as safely and quickly as possible. We have contacted residents and businesses around the centre of Wincanton to inform them about this work and apologise for the inconvenience.’’

 - Wessex Water spokesperson


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