Elsham to Lincoln pipeline

We’re building a new 52km water pipeline between Elsham, in North Lincolnshire, and Lincoln.


It will increase reliability and reduce the number of homes and businesses in the area which currently rely on a single pipeline.


We also plan to construct two new pumping stations, at Elsham and Welton, and other water cleaning equipment at Elsham.


Click here to see a zoomable map showing the route of the pipeline, and learn more about our plans.  


The pipeline is one part of an interconnected network across the region, as outlined in our Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). 


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 archaeological and geo-physical surveys.


In some areas we may 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 are the timings? 

We expect to submit an Environmental Statement (ES), and a planning application, to the councils along the route (North Lincolnshire Council, West Lindsey District Council and North Kesteven District Council) in the summer of 2022. 


The ES is part of the Environmental Impact Asessement 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 October.


Our work


We anticipate construction will begin in 2023. 


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. 


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