A quarter of a million pound scheme to protect homes in Cranfield from flooding is due to start this week.

The Anglian Water project will see more than 100 metres of additional, larger capacity sewer installed along Crawley Road to protect homes from sewer flooding, which has been a problem in the past.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “This new sewer will increase the capacity in our network along Crawley Road by around 75,000 litres, helping to prevent the system from being overwhelmed during times of heavy rain and significantly reducing the risk of flooding in future.  

“We understand how devastating flooding is, which is why we’re constantly working across our region to improve and maintain our network to protect customers’ homes and businesses.  

“To allow us to complete this project as quickly and safely as possible, Crawley Road will be closed to traffic for one week from Wednesday (27th November). A diversion route will be clearly signposted and access for residents will be maintained throughout.”  

The planned diversion will take vehicles along Crawley Road, Astwood Road, Bourne End Road, Broad Green and re-joining Crawley Road, and the same in the opposite direction.