A scheme to improve the sewer system in Swindon starts this week so that homes can be protected from the misery of flooding.

Thames Water is about to start work in Stratton St Margaret which will alleviate the problems residents face when there is heavy rainfall. Currently the sewer is not of an adequate size to cope with sudden downpours which often sees road gullies overflowing.

The plan is to install over 250 metres of new 60cm sewer pipe in roads such as Frankton Gardens, Yiewsley Crescent and Griffiths Close, in addition to the current 22cm pipe which already runs underneath the roads.
The head of Programme Delivery at Thames Water Andrew Popple said:

“We are sorry for any disruption to customers caused by this must-do work to make the sewer network fit for purpose.

“Sewer flooding is unacceptable and has no place in the 21st century, which is why we are committed to putting an end to it.

“We understand works of this nature can be disruptive. We would like to assure residents and that we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as we can.”

It’s hoped that the work will be completed in mid-November with the roads closed to traffic in sections while the work is done.

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