A scheme will begin to upgrade the Cambridge’s aging sewer network early next month. 

During the course of the eight week project, improvements will be made to almost two miles of sewer pipes, under 22 streets across the city.

Rather than excavating large sections of road to replace the existing sewers, the pipes will be relined with a soft felt ‘sock’ impregnated with resin. This process will strengthen the pipes and dramatically reduce the risk of sewer collapses, which is often costly and disruptive to repair.

While the technology being used will reduce the need for digging, there will be two road closures to allow safe access to manholes during the course of the project. Coronation Street will close for one night from 7pm – 7am. Marshall Road will also close for one day. The dates of the closures will depend on progress of the project but there will be signage to alert residents and commuters in advance.

Work will take place throughout the day and at night to finish the project as quickly as possible. The upgrade is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2014.

Satnam Kaur from Anglian Water said: “This is an important project to improve the city’s sewer capacity, and is part of the £29 million worth of investment we have earmarked in Cambridge over the next six years.

“We have worked hard to minimise any disruption to residents by scheduling in work at night and using innovative technology. Unfortunately a project of this scale will inevitably cause some disruption and we’re sorry for this. However, we hope the people of Cambridge will understand the importance of the scheme and the benefits once the project is complete.”