Bury St Edmunds to Haverhill pipeline

We’re building a new water pipeline between Hundon and Great Wratting in Suffolk. 

It will increase reliability and reduce the number of homes and businesses in the area which currently rely on a single pipeline. 
The pipeline is one part of an interconnected network across the region, as set out in our Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP).  


What is happening now?  


We’re currently identifying the likely routes for this pipeline and considering timescales for delivery. We are working on a route that seeks to minimise any short-term disruption to the local environment and community.


Ground investigations


You may see our teams carrying out some intrusive (below ground) survey work and in some areas, limited investigations of sites of archaeological interest.


Our ground investigation surveys will continue into Spring. This work involves digging trial holes and/or drilling small diameter boreholes to investigate the underlying geology and ground conditions. 

We can get a lot of information from soil and geology maps but the best way to determine ground conditions is to visit a site and carry out these investigations. You can read more about the techniques we will use here.


What happens next


We are working closely with local planning teams and we expect to submit a request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening opinion to West Suffolk District Council in the next few weeks.

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.  

Once this is available to view on the local authority website, we’ll share the link with you.

We anticipate that we’ll begin our construction work towards Summer 2022.


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 and water ditches and railways, we will use trenchless techniques.   


If you would like to contact us about the pipeline, or have any questions or queries about our planned work, please email strategicpipelines@anglianwater.co.uk.