£20m to end sewer misery

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Homeowners in Tyldesley will soon see an end to the nightmare of sewer flooding, thanks to a massive £20 million improvement plan.

United Utilities has earmarked the investment for the area’s sewer system to bring much needed relief to long-suffering residents and to improve the environment.

The two-year programme involves extending the East Lancashire pumping station at Coldahurst Lane in Astley, and laying larger sewers in the North Lane and Merton Grove areas of Tyldesley.

Matt Steer, United Utilities project manager, said: “This will come as great news to those homeowners in parts of Tyldesley who have had recurring problems with flooding from sewers.

“It’s also great news for the environment because the work will also help to clean up Moss Brook and Astley Brook.

“Over the decades the Tyldesley area has become more and more developed and we need to give the sewer system a radical revamp to make sure it is fit for the 21st century.

“This is engineering on a huge scale, but we’ll make sure we keep local people updated as our plans progress.”

Work has already started on a new access road to the pumping station site at Manchester Road, opposite Holyrood Nursery. The work on site here will take until May 2014.

The sewer enlargement work is expected to begin in the North Lane area next summer, and in the Merton Grove area later next year. There will be plenty of opportunities before then for residents to view plans and discuss the work with the project team.

The investment forms part of United Utilities’ £3.6 billion programme between 2010 and 2015 to improve water and wastewater systems across the North West.