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Improvements in the pipeline for Brixham

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A £663,000 scheme to improve Brixham's sewer network is continuing this month.

In 2010/11, South West Water committed to refurbish around 1,700 metres of sewers in the Brixham area as part of a five-year £42 million region-wide programme to renovate public sewers which have been identified as being at risk of collapse.

As part of this commitment, South West Water and its H5O partners will be replacing 112 metres of damaged brick and stone culverts in the King Street area.

Work starts on Monday 14 January 2013 and will take between four and five weeks to complete.

The work has been planned for the winter months to avoid affecting Brixham's summer tourist trade, and designed to minimise the need for road closures.

Project manager Stephen Cross said: "This is a real investment in Brixham's future. As well as replacing damaged brick and stone culverts, we will be lining damaged sewers and installing new manholes. Without this necessary work the sewer network will continue to deteriorate. That can lead to collapses - which cause pollution, flooding and odour.

"We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential works."

Notes to editors

  • King Street will be closed from Monday 14 January 2013 for approximately seven days
  • While King Street is closed, Fore Street can be accessed from The Strand during the usual times (10pm to 10am)
  • When this section of work is complete, Fore Street will be closed from the junction with King Street to The Strand. We expect this section of work to take around four weeks
  • During this time, Fore Street can be accessed from Ranscome Road via King Street
  • During the road closures above, a diversion route will be in place. This will be clearly signed.
  • In 2014 South West Water will submit its business plan for the years ahead to the UK water industry regulator Ofwat. We are inviting customers to find out more and tell us what they think our priorities should be at www.southwestwater.co.uk/waterfuture.

Published: 4 January 2013

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