Plans for a 31km underground pipeline will be on display in Bardwell later this month.

Anglian Water is hosting a drop-in session to give residents and local businesses the chance to ask questions about the forthcoming work.  

In total, 370-metres of the full 31km pipeline will run through Bardwell, requiring a temporary closure of Up Street and Spring Road from March.    

The £9 million scheme will see water piped from Barnham Cross to Anglian Water’s reservoir in Little Welnetham, to secure future supplies for the growing town of Bury St. Edmunds and wider county.  

Andy Barnes, Anglian Water’s Project Manager for the pipeline said: “Careful consideration has been given to the design and location of the pipe to enable the work to be carried out as swiftly as possible, but we recognise this will inevitably cause some disruption for residents and businesses, and we are sorry for that. 

“We’ve already written to residents about the work that’s planned and we are in close contact with the individual businesses, residents and school that are located closest to where the road closure will be.  

“However, we wanted to give everyone in the village the chance to speak to us, so we’ve organised the drop-in session where we can answer any individual questions and provide more information about the scheme. We’d encourage people to pop in and see us.”  

The drop in session will be held at:  

Bardwell Village Hall

Date: 25th February

Time: 4pm to 7pm  

Up Street and Spring Road will be closed in three stages for six weeks from 4th March to 18th April 2014 to allow the work to be carried out. A marked diversion will be in place taking traffic along Bardwell Road to Sapiston, Honington and onto the A1088 Thetford Road. 

Doing the work in three phases means people in the immediate area are impacted for a shorter period of time.  

The final stage of work will take two weeks to complete and will not start until after the Village Fair and Car Show have been held, again to minimise local disruption. The road junction of Up Street, Quaker Lane and the green will have traffic lights for one week from 27th May before the pipeline is installed through the village green. This work will take one week but will not affect traffic.  

Andy Barnes continued: “We recognise this scheme will cause some disruption to people in the village, but we have done all we can to work around the village social commitments and we are determined to keep disturbance to a minimum. We’ve promised to keep people informed throughout and would like to assure them we are absolutely committed to returning the village green and roads to the same high standard they were before the work.”  

The population of Bury St Edmunds is expected to rise significantly over the next 25 years, which will put pressure on existing water supplies. This pipeline is Anglian Water’s response to that demand and represents a major investment in Suffolk’s infrastructure to support its future at the heart of the regional economy.  

Despite the recent flooding across many parts of the UK, the Anglian region is still the driest in the UK and faced with a growing population and climate change, projects like this are vital to meet these challenges and for the region to continue to thrive.