A £1.2 million scheme to build a new large capacity sewer and help protect homes from the risk of flooding started today (Monday 14th October).

The Anglian Water project in Wymondham is to provide sewerage to the new Norwich Common development. The pipe, once completed, will be over two kilometres in length and able to support the further growth planned here.  

Alongside this project Anglian Water will be further investing in its network to benefit homes in the local area which have experienced flooding problems in the past. The whole project is expected to take six months to complete.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “To try and keep disruption to a minimum, most of this work will be carried out using ‘no dig’ techniques and in the fields close to Tuttles Lane East and Tuttles Lane West.  

“However, we appreciate that work of this scale is likely to be visible and cause some disruption to the local area, and we’re sorry if that’s the case.”  

At some points during the work there will need to be traffic lights in place along Tuttles Lane East and Tuttles Lane West so work in the road can be carried out quickly and safely. Any diversions and road closures will be clearly signposted well in advance.  

The Chapel Lane railway crossing will also need to be closed over one weekend. This part of the work is being carefully planned with the Mid Norfolk Preservation trust to avoid affecting the seasonal timetable.  

Antony added: “This scheme is a large investment to not only support growth, but also to improve our network and benefit the local area.  

“Flooding of any kind is very upsetting. This is why we’re constantly working all across the region to try reduce the risk to our customers.  

“We know there were concerns from residents about this development and the impact it may have on homes, particularly in Finderne Drive, where flooding has been a problem before.

“We’re pleased that by working closely with the community and developer to design this project in this way, we’re able to supply sewerage to the new homes but also significantly reduce the risk of flooding to our customers.”