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Sewer upgrade scheme on target

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A 3.5 million scheme to upgrade sewers in Truro is progressing well and on target one month into the nine-month programme.

South West Water is urging residents to continue supporting their local traders during the work. All businesses in the area remain open with pedestrian access even if their roads are closed to traffic.


  • Victoria Square will close to all traffic on Monday 7 October. Buses will use a diversion route. Victoria Square will reopen in mid-November, in time for the City of Lights festival on Wednesday 20 November
  • Until Friday15 November, only deliveries, buses and blue badge holders have vehicular access to River Street, St Nicholas Street and Lemon Street
  • Kenwyn Street remains fully open and is accessible via Calenick Street.

The scheme to replace old sewers with bigger pipes in the city centre started on 2 September 2013. The improvements are needed because the sewerage network in parts of Truro is no longer able to cope with the demands placed on it. Currently properties in the city centre are at significant risk of internal and external sewer flooding.

The project involves replacing the sewers in Frances Street, Kenwyn Street and Little Castle Street with bigger pipes, installing a new sewer in St Dominic Street to take surface water out of the network and working in Frances Street, Ferris Town and Edward Street.

Graham Murphy, South West Water's Director of Engineering, said: "We are pleased with how the scheme is progressing and would like to thank the residents and businesses of Truro for their patience during this time.

"We have excavated and removed 180 tonnes of soil and rock in Victoria Square - despite finding more buried cables and other utility apparatus than we expected - ready for the new pipes.

"We have been and will continue to work closely with the local community to put in place measures to minimise the impact on them, and we would urge the people of Truro to continue to support their local traders during our work."

The site office at 2 Little Castle Street is now open.

The scheme is expected to take 38 weeks (plus a two-week break over Christmas/New Year) to complete, finishing in June 2014.

See www.southwestwater.co.uk/truro for more details.

Published: 30 September 2013

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