Anglian Water start £650,000 investment to lay new pipe in Bury St Edmunds

04 April 2019


Anglian Water will begin the installation of a brand new water main in Bury St Edmunds next Monday (08 April).


The new pipe, which will see the water company investing £650,000, will supplement the existing water network to ensure the security of water supplies amid growth in the area.


The scheme – which marks the second phase of works in the area – will involving laying 60m of additional water main installed from Orttewell Road into a neighbouring field, to join the existing water network. An initial 2km of pipe was installed at Mildenhall Road in July 2017.


David Hartley, Anglian Water spokesperson, said, “We’re always supportive of sustainable growth across the region, and as the East of England is one of the fastest growing areas in the UK, this work in Bury St Edmunds will ensure a resilient water supply for the future, keeping taps running for years to come.


“This is just one example of the huge amount of investment Anglian Water is making to ensure our network is fit and ready to meet the demands of a growing population. This year alone, we’ll be spending £33million on schemes like these to maintain, refurbish and renew parts of our 37,000km water pipe network.


“By working with Suffolk Highways, we’ve been able to schedule this work in the Easter holidays in order to minimise any disruption for people in the area, but we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused, our teams will be working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”


This work is expected to last for three weeks, finishing by the end of April. While the work is completed, a full road closure will be in place on Orttewell Road with a signposted diversion route. However, access for residents and the emergency services will be maintained at all times.


Work to connect the new pipe to the existing water network will take place overnight to avoid any disruption to customer’s supply. However, any customers who may be affected will be notified of this work in advance.


Further information can also be found on the Anglian Water “In Your Area” website at