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Ebrington Street, Plymouth, to reopen after emergency repair work

image depicting Crews carrying out keyhole repairs through the bottom of a manhole chamber
Crews carrying out keyhole repairs through the bottom of a manhole chamber
Emergency repair work to fill a void beneath Ebrington Street in Plymouth has been completed sooner than expected. The road will be open to traffic by Saturday 27 July.

The road has been closed since 25 June, after the void was discovered near a tunnel shaft beneath the road surface during an inspection of the sewerage network.

South West Water employed specialist contractors to investigate the extent of the void using CCTV cameras and ground radar.

Project manager Geoffrey Rogers said: "Due to the complex nature of the problem, at first we estimated that the engineering work needed to fill the void would take up to six weeks to complete.

"But by using innovative 'keyhole surgery' techniques we have been able to finish sooner than hoped.

"Joint working with Midas, who are developing Frobisher House, Amey and Plymouth City Council also meant we were able to get the job done quicker.

"We'd like to thank the businesses on Ebrington Street who have been extremely patient with us for the last month and all those who continued to support their local traders while the road was closed. Special thanks to the local bistro which is kindly giving the crew breakfast tomorrow to celebrate the road reopening!

"The void is now completely backfilled with concrete so there is no possibility of it opening up again. We're just pleased we discovered it before it became a really serious safety issue."

Repair work is expected to finish tomorrow (Friday 26 July) and the road will be reopened that evening.

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

Published: 25 July 2013

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