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Update on sewerage network improvements in Outland Road, Plymouth

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South West Water and its H5O partners have updated and confirmed arrangements for a major investment scheme due to start in Plymouth next week.

The six week scheme involves digging down 15 feet through hard rock to reach and renew old sewers buried beneath the road surface. To enable the work to be done in the most effective and safest way possible, it has been decided that Outland Road will be closed both inbound and outbound to all traffic, except buses, between Peverell Park Road and the Esso filling station during the work.

Two work gangs working from 8am to 8pm, six days a week will begin the work on Monday 8 April. Bus services through Outland Road will be maintained through one lane controlled by traffic lights.

Traffic will not be able to exit onto Outland Road from any of the side roads between Ham Drive and Lyndhurst Road. Access to the Esso filling station will be maintained. Diversion routes will be clearly signed (please see attached updated maps).

Project manager Robert Prentice said: "This is a vital but technically difficult scheme to complete and we've been talking to the council, its contractors Amey, local councillors, residents, local businesses and organisations such as the football club and bus companies to come up with a solution which balances everyone's needs and concerns. We believe we have now identified the fastest and most effective solution to minimise disruption as much as possible and together we can make this scheme a real success.

"Inevitably there will be inconvenience for road users but we want to get the message out as early and widely as possible so everyone can plan their journeys ahead. We will have two gangs working 12 hours a day, six days a week and they will be working in excavations up to 4.5 metres deep, between existing gas and waters mains.

"We have considered working non-stop through the night but the type of work needed, coupled with lighting and mobile generators to do this would have been very noisy and intrusive for residents."

The closure will remain in place on Saturday 20 April, when Plymouth Argyle Football Club has a key fixture at Home Park. Special travel information will be broadcast to fans at the home game on April 6 and through the club's website. Bus services will operate as normal to the game and fans should consider leaving earlier than normal to reach Home Park.

The scheme is part of a five-year £42 million investment in the sewer network across the region to renovate sewers identified as being at risk of collapse and to alleviate potential flooding problems. All emergency services and other service providers have been informed.

Notes to editors

  • South West Water provides water and sewerage services to over 1.6 million people across Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset
  • South West Water operates over 630 sewage treatment works and 29 water treatment works
  • South West Water maintains 14,800km of public sewers and 15,101km of water mains
  • We supply our customers with around 349 mega litres (79 million gallons) of drinking water every day
  • On average, half a billion litres of sewage arrives at South West Water's treatment works every day.
  • 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

Updated: 2 April 2013

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