A £250,000 project to increase capacity of the sewer network and ease flooding will get underway in Northampton in February.

The scheme by Anglian Water, due to be completed in eight weeks, will significantly reduce the chances of flooding when the network gets overwhelmed by rainfall. This has been a problem for residents of Royal Terrace properties on Barrack Road, despite previous flood prevention work.  

Work will start on 10th February with two shafts being excavated on St George Street and a further two on Barrack Road. This project will increase the capacity of the network by installing 96 metres of new sewer connecting homes to the existing sewer on St George Street.  

State-of-the-art techniques including ‘no dig’ tunnelling technology will be used to help complete the work as quickly as possible, with the minimum disruption to customers.  

Satnam Kaur from Anglian Water said: “A project of this scale will inevitably cause some disruption to residents in the area and we’re sorry for the impact this may cause. However, we hope customers in this area will understand the importance of the scheme and the benefits it will bring.   

“We will be doing all we can to keep inconvenience to a minimum. Rather than fully closing major roads by digging up large sections, we will use innovative ‘trenchless’ working techniques which mean we will only need to dig ‘access pits’ at key points along the pipe’s route. This will speed up the work and mean that roads can re-open as soon as possible.”  

Central lane closures will take place on Barrack Road between 10th February and 30th March to allow work to be carried out. The two outside lanes will remain open. Access to St George’s St will be restricted to local residents and businesses only.