Corbridge flood work progressing well

16 Mar 2017

Work is progressing well on new flood prevention measures for Corbridge.

The council is nine weeks into a comprehensive scheme upgrading the surface water drainage system in and around Station Road and Tinklers Bank  - where many houses were severely affected by flooding during Storm Desmond in December 2015.

A new highway drainage system will be built along Station Road and a new outfall will run through Tynedale Rugby Club, replacing the existing culvert which was badly damaged during Storm Desmond.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services with the County Council, said: “The scheme which is vital for the people of Corbridge is progressing well, with over 1km of pipe already installed in the culvert and we’re now moving onto the next key stage.

“This will involving significant improvements to the surface water drainage along Station Road, to increase capacity and reduce risk of flooding to nearby  properties, as well as footpath and road resurfacing.

“Over the next three weeks engineers will be finishing construction of  temporary car parks for residents and train passengers to allow work to start on Station Road and the new drainage system to be installed.

“We’ve been working tirelessly since the severe weather last winter to clean-up and repair roads and infrastructure both in Corbridge and the wider area and this major piece of work will help protect the town in the future.

“We appreciate the support and understanding of local residents during these works and are endeavouring to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Northumberland County Council, Tynedale Rugby Club and Corbridge Flood Action Group will continue to work closely to ensure that the project is a success.