Sewer works finally set to end in Leamington

By Kevin Unitt 22/03 Updated: 22/03 09:11

RESIDENTS and traders traders in Leamington will be relieved to hear long term roadworks are set to be completed at the end of March.

Severn Trent contractors have been carrying out more than £10 million worth of upgrades to the sewer system around Leamington since October 2010, laying more than four kilometres of new sewers throughout the town centre and parts of Old Town, as well as constructing a massive underground storm relief chamber beneath the flower beds near the town hall.

A total of eight phases have been carried out in various areas at different times, meaning road closures across the town and leading to many complaints from motorists, traders and town centre residents.

The last phase of work, in and around Warwick Street, is set to be completed on March 30.

Geoff Hancock, contracts manager for the work, said: “It is a great credit to the whole Leamington team that we have met the target we set ourselves back in September 2010.

“I would like to thank all the residents and business owners of Leamington who have been affected by these essential works, for their understanding and co-operation, without which this could not have been achieved.”

Bringing the town's sewers in line with modern standards has, according to the company, protected an 80 properties previously at risk of sewer flooding from heavy rainfall.

In addition to the two main contracts, worth almost £8 million, Severn Trent has invested a further £2.5 million on sewer improvements in Lime Avenue, Newbold Street, Church Hill and Holly Street to alleviate the risk of flooding there.

Many of the Victorian sewers in the town were starting to struggle with demands being placed on them and and have been renewed to provide greater capacity.

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