A scheme to improve the sewer system in the Botany Bay area of Sholing is making good progress.
Southern Water is installing a new section of sewer along the route of the footpath in Shoreburs Greenway to replace the two existing pipes, one of which is damaged.
The company is using the latest tunnelling technology to construct the new sewer, minimising the impact on the environment and local community. It involves a tunnel boring machine (TBM) being lowered eight metres below the ground and travelling via remote control to create the new sewer.
The tunnel is being constructed in two sections. The first section was completed before Christmas and involved the machine travelling nearly 100 metres beneath the Greenway and underneath South East Road. Work on the second section started yesterday (Tuesday 10 January) and is due to be complete by the end of next week.
Once the tunnelling is complete much of the large machinery will be removed from the site which will require an increase in the use of the temporary traffic lights to ensure the safety of motorists using South East Road.
The new pipework will then be connected to the existing sewers and the area reinstated with completion due by the end of March.
Jon Stavely, Southern Water Project Manager, said: “This is an extremely important scheme to install a new section of sewer pipe and ensure that the sewers that drain the Sholing area are working to capacity. The scheme is progressing well and by the end of the month much of the deep pipeline work, including the work in the Greenway north of South East Road, will be complete.
“We are doing our best to keep disruption to the minimum and would like to thank the local community for their patience while we carry out this vital work.”
Work on the scheme began in November and is being carried out by Barhale Trant Utilities.