Bury St Edmunds to Colchester

We’re building a new pipeline between Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.


It will be made up of four sections:


  • A 14km section between Rede and Little Whelnetham
  • A 3km Section between Little Whelnetham and Rushbrooke
  • A 36km section between Little Whelnetham and Wherstead
  • An 18km section between Raydon and Great Horkesley 


It is part of Anglian Water’s Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) which looks 25 years ahead to manage and secure the water resources by safe-guarding against the potential future impacts of water scarcity, climate change and growth, while protecting the environment.


The new pipelines will also increase reliability of water supply for homes and businesses and reduce risks of drought.


What is happening now?


We’re currently identifying the likely route for our pipeline and considering timescales for its construction.    
You may see our teams carrying out preliminary work, such as wildlife surveys, and in some areas, archaeological and geo-physical surveys.


In some areas we will also be carrying out ground investigation work. That means we investigate the ground by making some holes, by digging or drilling, so we can see the conditions below the surface.


What is happening next?


We expect to submit an Environmental Statement (ES), and a planning application, to the councils along the route (Essex County Council, Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk County Council, Colchester County Council, Babergh Mid Suffolk Council and Mid Suffolk District Council) in the summer of 2022. 


The ES is part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which is used to help protect the environment by providing local planning authorities with a detailed evaluation of what effects the pipeline will have on the environment. 


This enables planning authorities to be fully aware of the broader environmental picture when they decide whether to grant planning permission. 


We submitted an EIA scoping report - asking the local authorities what information should be included within our ES - in December 2021. Click here to see it. 


Our work


We will work hard to keep the impact on communities along the route, and the environment, to a minimum.
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, water ditches and railways, we will use trenchless techniques. 


If you have and questions, please email strategicpipelines@anglianwater.co.uk.


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