Cornwall

Camelford sewer system improvement works begin

SWW engineer examining old sewer pipe
Image caption Collapsed pipes can cause flooding, pollution and odour, SWW says

Work to repair and improve the sewer system in Camelford has started.

The scheme, which is costing £250,000, is expected to cause serious traffic congestion in the north Cornwall town.

Nearly 300m (984ft) of sewer pipes will be relined or replaced as part of a £42m programme by South West Water (SWW) to improve its sewerage network.

SWW contractors met the town council and local business leaders and the work has been scheduled to avoid the busy summer and Christmas periods.

However, drivers have been warned that Fore Street will be closed for eight weeks, with diversions in place.

SWW's project manager, Stephen Cross, said: "Without this necessary work, the sewer network will continue to deteriorate.

"That can lead to collapses - which cause pollution, flooding and odour."

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