Scheme to 'put the sparkle back' into Plymouth nears completion
Water mains beneath Plymouth's Outland Road are to be renovated in the final phase of a major £21m scheme to upgrade the city's pipe network.
The work to improve drinking water quality will be carried out by South West Water's partners, May Gurney and is scheduled to last for 38 weeks, starting from 25 February 2008.
The outbound carriageway of the A386 will be affected, starting with works near the Torr Lane junction. The scheme will continue through the summer at Milehouse Road and Milehouse junction before finishing in November.
The road will remain open at all times, with rolling lane closures in effect. All exits and entrances will be maintained, allowing access to Outland Road and nearby businesses. Access to Home Park, Morrisons supermarket and the bus depot will not be affected.
South West Water will work with Plymouth Argyle when fixtures are finalised for the 2008/09 season to try and ensure improvement works do not clash with home games.
Director of Engineering for South West Water, Graham Murphy said, "We began this massive region wide project in 2000 and have already put the sparkle back into thousands of homes throughout Devon and Cornwall.
"In order to renovate pipes we often need to turn customer's water supply off for short periods of time but we always notify customers in advance of any works, with clear details of all planned shut downs.
"We are renovating 2.6km of mains under Outland Road at a cost of £852k, bringing the total investment in Plymouth's water network to £16.9m so far, with a further £4.4m to be invested by the time the scheme has finished.
"We appreciate these works might be an inconvenience but we will be doing everything we can to keep residents and commuters informed as much as possible.
"Signs will be put up four weeks before the start and we will continue to update everyone as the scheme progresses. Where possible, we would urge road users to try an alternative route or allow extra time for their journey."
If you have any further questions about the water mains renovation scheme or any work that is taking place in your area, please ring our service centre on 0800 169 1144.
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Published: 4 February 2008
Notes to editors
1) The method of refurbishment used in Outland Road will be the 'slip line' method.
2) 'Slip lining' involves inserting a smaller, new pipe inside the existing main. Advantages of this method are twofold; Plymouth will benefit from a brand new trunk main and disruption will be kept to a minimum.
3) The majority of the work on Outland Road will be carried out using lane closures. However, there will be some road closures as the scheme progresses.
It is not possible to give accurate dates for these closures at this time. Highways are aware of the closures and signs giving alternative routes will be displayed.
Will contractors be employed to carry out the work?
Yes, in Plymouth South West Water is working in partnership with May Gurney, who are skilled contractors with a significant number of years of experience working on water mains renovation.
How many miles of water mains are you relining or replacing in Plymouth?
Between 2000 and 2009 the company will have refurbished approximately 254 kms (157.8 miles)
Where in Plymouth have you already successfully completed work?
Rehabilitation work has been completed in the following areas of the city: Crownhill, Plymstock, Plympton, Union Street, Keyham, Stonehouse, Stoke, Peverell and Penny Cross.
Where will you be working between now and the end of the scheme?
The programme of works over the remaining period will be focused on the areas of Devonport, Hartley and Efford.
By the end of the scheme how much money will have been spent on mains improvement in Plymouth?
The company will have invested approximately £21.1m in the water distribution infrastructure of Plymouth.
How many people in Plymouth will end up benefiting from the work and in what way?
The combination of work involving distribution and trunk mains across the city of Plymouth will benefit every resident (approximately 252,000) in putting the sparkle back into the water.