Cumbria

Keswick's £23m sewer revamp gets under way

A £23m sewer improvement scheme has got under way in Keswick town centre.

The United Utilities project aims to improve the public network, lessen the risk of flooding, and improve water quality of Bassenthwaite Lake.

It will involve a number of roadworks, which have been timed to avoid the tourist and Christmas periods.

The new underground pumping station will be about twice the size of the existing one. Work is expected to be complete by spring 2013.

Project manager, Simon Povey, said engineers had a lot of essential work to do but had the community's best interests at heart.

"We've talked to a lot of people about the best way to do this and now have a programme that avoids the run-up to Christmas and a number of important local events.

"There's never going to be a good time to do work like this in a popular town like Keswick, but by liaising with as many people as possible, we have done our best to ease the strain."

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