Southern Water has just announced that the popularly walked Cuckoo Trail has reopened after sewer works were completed. The trail was closed in November last year, so the water company could replace a section of sewer which had a number of leaks.

The essential works meant sections of the trail were closed to the general public and the firm have had to contend with some severe weather after a couple of heavy snowfalls reduced workflow to a crawl.

The project manager from Southern Water, Keith Jeffery, stated:

“We have addressed the problems experienced in this area by undertaking significant works to help reduce the risk of sewage leaks in the future.

“During our work we identified very early on the need to balance engineering challenges with the needs of the public.”

The work on the sewer was carried out by one of Southern Water’s drainage contractors who replaced around 1.5km of sewage pipe.

Mr Jeffery further stated:

“I would like to thank the users of this popular trail for being so patient and understanding while this work was being carried out.

“We knew this was a very popular route for both leisure users as well as commuting cyclists, so getting this work done quickly with minimal disruption has been our top priority.”

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