A multi-million pound investment in Norfolk’s sewers has started. The scheme will see nearly 8km throughout the county relined to protect the brickwork and keep them flowing for decades to come.
Rather than excavating large sections of road to replace the existing sewers, the pipes will be relined with a soft felt ‘sock’ impregnated with resin where it fixes itself to the walls of the sewer. It is then steam cured to form a rigid pipe within a pipe which is designed to last for at least 50 years. This process will strengthen the pipes and dramatically reduce the risk of sewer collapses, which is often costly and disruptive to repair.
The scheme of work started in Great Yarmouth earlier this year and will be going on throughout Norfolk throughout 2018. The Cromer stage of the work will start in November.
On Tuesday, November 7, Canada Road, Cromer will be closed for four days to reline the sewer that runs along the middle of the road. A diversion route will be in place along Prince of Wales Road, Cadogan Road and Beach Road throughout the duration of the work.
The £2.3m investment in Norfolk is part of the £30m Anglian Water spends every year maintaining and relining sewers right across the eastern region.
Sarah Dobson from Anglian Water said: “Every year Anglian Water surveys hundreds of kilometres of sewers. From these surveys we have earmarked nearly 8km of sewer in Norfolk to be relined this coming year.
“Relining sewers and creating a brand new sewer inside an existing pipe is far less disruptive for local residents. The new lining sets hard, effectively creating a brand new pipe.
“Work will start in Cromer in November and will move around the county over the next year, with engineers working as much as possible under a mixture of road closures, signs and lights. All, bar one of the road closures planned in Cromer to complete the work will be overnight closures to minimise any disruption for residents.
“Some road closures will be needed for safety reasons but this will not be done without plenty of notice and access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles. We hope the people of Cromer will understand the importance of the scheme and the benefits once the project is complete.”