Work has begun on Pump Lane in Chelmsford to complete a programme of sewer refurbishment. 

During the works traffic management will be required so that we can safely undertake this work. Access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Sarah Dobson from Anglian Water said: “We will be starting work in Pump Lane to improve services for homes and businesses in the area. The project has been designed to significantly reduce the chances of the sewer collapses, which have inconvenienced residents and road users in the past.

“We appreciate the sewer is close to busy routes in and around Chelmsford and we’re sorry for any disruption the work may cause. During the works traffic management will be required so that we can keep our workforce and customers safe. Access for residents, pedestrians and emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Rather than excavating large sections of road to replace the existing sewers, the pipes will be relined with a soft felt ‘sock’ impregnated with resin. This process will strengthen the pipes and dramatically reduce the risk of sewer collapses, which is often costly and disruptive to repair.

Excavation works will mean there will be night closures on the A138 northbound slip road at Springfield Road. There will also be three way and two way traffic lights in place to help keep traffic moving on Springfield Road.

She added: “This scheme is part of our £37.6 million investment to maintain and improve the water recycling for customers in Chelmsford over the next five years, and we’re keen to bring these improvements to our customers.