Gloucestershire

Bishop's Norton sewer pipe to be replaced in £350,000 scheme

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Image caption A section of Wainlode Lane will be closed until mid-March during the work

A sewer pipe with a "history of bursting" is being replaced in a Gloucestershire village at a cost of £350,000.

Severn Trent Water has started work on the pipe, which runs from Bishop's Norton to Norton village.

A section of Wainlode Lane will be closed until mid-March during the work, although there will be a signed diversion route in place.

The company said the "vital" work is due to be finished by the end of April.

Severn Trent's programme engineer Ian Woodward said the pressure sewer was nearing the end of its life.

"The sewer pipe has a history of bursting and we've had to use tankers to take sewage away while we've carried out our repairs," he added.

"This isn't acceptable to us, and most importantly, to our customers.

"This vital work will unfortunately mean some short term disruption in the area, but with our contract partners, we'll be doing all we can to keep this to a minimum."

The utility company said it will be installing the new sewer pipe using a trenchless technique, which avoids lengthy excavations, meaning it can be installed quicker.

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