We're building a new 2km water pipeline, and a new pumping station, in the Ampthill and Woburn area.
The new pipeline, known as the Ampthill pipeline, will connect into our existing water network. It will allow us to bring in water from other areas, which is better for the environment. The pipeline will run between the proposed Brickhill Copse Pumping Station and the existing Bow Brickhill reservoir.
It will also reduce the number of homes and businesses relying on a single water supply.
The pipeline is just one part of an interconnected network of pipes we are constructing across the region, as set out in our Water Resources Management Plan.
What is happening now?
We are currently carrying out ecological surveys in the area.
We have submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening report to the local authorities (Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes). This report requests confirmation that the pipeline does not require statutory EIA and can be installed using the statutory permitted development powers we have as a water company.
This report is available to view on the Central Bedfordshire website here, and the Milton Keynes website here.
To view our planning applications, please click here for Central Bedfordshire, and here for Milton Keynes.
This will be followed, subject to agreement with the council planning department, by pre-construction and enabling works, such as setting up compounds, protecting wildlife and limited removal of hedgerows.
We aim to start construction this year. The exact start date will depend on many factors, including the weather.
Construction work will follow good industry practice using tried and tested techniques. The most commonly used method to lay a pipe is the use of open cut trenches. Where we particularly need to minimise disruption, such as by main roads, rivers, significant drainage and water ditches and railways, we will use trenchless techniques.