SEVERN Trent Water are investing £1.7 million to renew a major part of the ageing sewerage system in Buxton.
The work is expected to take almost five months to complete – and although efforts will be made to minimise disruption, motorists are being asked to be patient.
The work required means it is one of the most extensive and complex sewerage flooding solutions to be undertaken by the firm and their contractors NMCNomenca.
Among the roads affected will be Fairfield Road, London Road, Terrace Road, Macclesfield Road and West Road.
In total over three kilometres of sewers across the town are expected to be renewed. The majority of the improvement works – over 85 per cent – will be carried out by using sewer lining technology.
David Morris, Project Engineer for NMCNomenca, said: “This will greatly reduce the number of open excavations required, thereby minimising road closures and traffic disruption.
“We will try to keep disruption to a minimum throughout the duration of the work because we understand that Buxton town centre is a very popular and busy place.”
By renovating or replacing sewers on a planned basis the work aims to reduce the risk of sewer blockages and collapses that could lead to flooding or pollution incidents if the pipes were left to deteriorate.
Planned work targeting critical sewers – often large size, or located in key traffic sensitive roads – was less disruptive and more cost effective than responding to problems as and when they occur.
Severn Trent state they have worked closely with business leaders, the Environment Agency, Derbyshire County Council Highways Department, High Peak Borough Council and other utilities to ensure they minimise the impact and avoid excavating in resurfaced roads.
“The lining works will require some lane closures that will be managed with traffic control signals,” said a spokeswoman.
“Once again we have worked closely with the local authorities to ensure that only one traffic sensitive route into the town is affected at a time,” said a spokeswoman for STW.
Prior to each phase of work starting, detailed information will be sent to the homes and businesses that are affected.
Some preliminary work has already started to improve manhole access to allow the main works to progress smoothly. In some locations more than one visit may be needed to complete the works.
The spokeswoman said: “We plan to carry out our work in a way that will allow all businesses and amenities to continue to operate and we will work hard to ensure as many people as possible know the town remains ‘open for business’.”
Derbyshire County Councillor Robin Baldry said it was important that utility services worked with the county council to minimise disruption.
“I know officers at county do work hard on this to try and get everyone together,” he said.
He said that following the recent gas works in certain areas of the town it was unfortunate that the two utilities could not have undertaken work at the same time.
Cllr Baldry said he hoped there would be close liaison with Nestle who are also carrying out work to create a new pipeline to their new water bottling plant currently under construction at Waterswallows.