Dawlish sewer upgrade

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South West Water is launching the second phase of a £2million scheme to improve the sewer network in Dawlish this month (May 2019).

It includes the construction of a 8.2m diameter underground tank to provide 150 cubic metres of stormwater storage to increase the resilience of the sewer network in the Shutterton area.

The tank will be built under the grassed area near the sewage pumping station at Shutterton Bridge.

South West Water’s Senior Project Manager, Victoria Hutchins, said: “This vital scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding in the Shutterton area of Dawlish.

“In conjunction with planned improvements to the nearby pumping station, we have carefully developed this scheme to maximise benefit while minimising disruption to the local area as much as possible.

“We have been working with residents and local councillors for some time to establish the best way forward for this important scheme, which will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and help accommodate growth in the area.

“The Shutterton area is served by key strategic pipework on Exeter Road, meaning there will be some disruption to road users whilst the upgrades are completed.

“From Thursday 23 May 2019, there will be two-way traffic lights on Exeter Road (A379) at the Secmaton Lane and Week Lane junctions until Friday 9 August 2019.

“We understand that Exeter Road is a key commuter route. To minimise disruption, we will manually operate traffic lights during peak hours. We thank the public for their patience while we upgrade the Dawlish sewer network.”

Work will take place during the day (8am – 5pm).

The works on Exeter Road, which formed the first phase of the scheme, have been successfully completed.

Programme of work



Monday 18 November to Friday 13 December 2019

Exeter Road, two-way traffic lights

Bus stops

The Shutterton Bridge bus stops on Exeter Road (near Sainsburys) are temporarily closed to allow essential works to be carried out in this area. All bus services are running as normal and the affected services have been relocated to the Langdon Hospital bus stops, slightly further up Exeter Road.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For further information, please contact your bus service provider. 

Last updated on: 21/05/2019

Q: What is happening in my area?

A: South West Water will be upsizing the sewerage network in the Shutterton area. The first phase of the scheme, which has seen nearly 400 metres of pipework upsized and manholes upgraded to increase the resilience of the sewer network in the Shutterton area, has now been completed. The second phase of the work will be to increase the capacity of storage at Shutterton Sewage Pumping Station.


Q: Why are you carrying out the work?

A: The work in the Shutterton area is being carried out to improve the wastewater services to our customers and reduce the risk of flooding.


Q: When is work due to start and finish?

A: We will begin work on the second phase of this scheme in May 2019 for approximately eight months. Our working hours will be Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.


Q: Will there be any road closures during the works?

A: Please refer to the programme of works near the top of this page. 

Please note that these dates may be subject to change and updates will be made to this page with more information.


Q: What about access for buses, bin collections and emergency vehicles?

A: All service providers have been informed of the work and emergency services will always be given access. Please see the above programme of works for information regarding the bus stops on Exeter Road. 


Q: Will my waste water drainage be affected during this work?

A: Restrictions on usage will not usually be necessary.


Q: Where can I find more information?

A: Regular updates and further information will be available on this page and you will be able to see at the top of the Q&A when it was last updated. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can contact our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020.