Anglian Water to spend £250,000 on flood prevention scheme in Northampton


A £250,000 project to ease flooding and increase capacity of the sewer network will get under way in Northampton next month.

Anglian Water says flooding has been a problem for residents of Royal Terrace properties in Barrack Road, despite previous prevention work.

The firm says the project, which is due to be completed in eight weeks, will significantly reduce the chances of flooding when the network gets overwhelmed by rainfall.

It says there will “inevitably” be some disruption, but it will work hard to keep it to a minimum.

Work gets under way on February 10, with two shafts being excavated in St George’s Street, and a further two in Barrack Road.

The project will increase the capacity of the network by installing 96 metres of new sewer connecting homes to the existing sewer in St George’s Street.

Satnam Kaur, from Anglian Water, said: “A project of this scale will inevitably cause some disruption to residents in the area and we’re sorry for the impact this may cause. However, we hope customers in this area will understand the importance of the scheme and the benefits it will bring.

“We will be doing all we can to keep inconvenience to a minimum. Rather than fully closing major roads by digging up large sections, we will use ‘trenchless’ working techniques, which mean we will only need to dig access pits at key points along the pipe’s route. This will speed up the work and mean that roads can re-open as soon as possible.”

Central lane closures will be in place on Barrack Road between February 10 and March 30. The two outside lanes will remain open. Access to St George’s St will be restricted to residents and businesses only.

If customers have any concerns about the project, they can call the site team on 08457 145145.