Sewer work to start new phase in city

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Major work to clean up bathing beaches by improving Lancaster’s sewers is moving into its next phase.

Engineers working for United Utilities will re-start work in Lune Street next week.

The work will not mean any additional restrictions for road users.

Project manager Dawn Harrington said engineers needed to install a new section of one metre diameter pipe in Lune Street, beween its junctions with Owen Road and Derby Road.

The work will mean extending the existing safety fencing a little further along Lune Street but will not change the current temporary one-way traffic system which has been in place since the work started last year.

Dawn said: “This is vitally important work to improve the condition of bathing waters in the tourist hotspots of Morecambe Bay but it has meant a lot of disruption for people living and working round the site of our works. We are very sorry about this.

“In essence, what we’re doing is boosting the capacity of Lancaster’s sewers so that they don’t overflow into the River Lune as much in heavy rains, especially in the summer bathing season.

“All sewers need to be able to overflow sometimes to prevent flooding, but we want to reduce it to a minimum for the sake of water quality.

“In Lancaster’s case storm water from sewers eventually ends up in Morecambe Bay.

“With new standards for bathing water coming into force in 2015, no one wants that.”

In total around 70 metres of new pipe will be installed in Lune Street and land adjacent to Owen Road.

At the same time, powerful pumps will be fitted into a new chamber constructed near Mainway.

Construction work will be finished in early May.

The company is liaising with local people to try to keep the impact of the work to a minimum.

Weekly drop-in sessions will take place on Fridays throughout the work at the Lune Street Liberal Club between 2pm and 6pm, starting tomorrow,

Friday, November 2.

“We understand how difficult large scale construction work like this can be and we’re doing our best to keep people informed,” Dawn said.

“Unfortunately we hit a snag trying to tunnel under the A6 Owen Road earlier this year, which caused some unexpected delays.

“The new section of pipe in Lune Street is our answer to that. It means we no longer need to drive a tunnel under the A6.”

The £6m scheme has already boosted Lancaster’s sewer capacity by more than 4,000 cubic metres. That means much more storm water can be stored safely without overflowing.

Then, once rains subside, powerful new pumps will send it to the treatment works to be fully cleaned.

A further £17m project to boost sewer capacity in central Lancaster is due to start next February.