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New pipes to protect future Stoke Newington water supply

Friday 29th May 2020 15:00

Engineers installed new pipes

Thames Water is installing resilient new water pipes to protect a busy London borough’s water supply for future generations.

The project will be part of a collaborative effort with gas company Cadent, which will be replacing gas mains in the area, and Transport for London and Hackney Council, which will carry out essential maintenance works.

All three works taking place simultaneously are expected to save up to 200 days of additional work and minimise disruption.

Thames Water will be replacing 30-inch diameter cast iron water pipes on two roads in Stoke Newington with state-of-the-art plastic alternatives, which will greatly reduce the risk of leaks and bursts. 

Stamford Hill will be partially closed between Manor Road and the junction with Stoke Newington High Street from Monday, June 1, with the new pipes expected to be installed by mid-August. 

Thames Water engineers will then move on to Northwold Road in early July and expect to finish by the end of September.

Sean Walden, Thames Water’s head of regional networks for North London, said: “This is an important piece of work to upgrade our pipe network in a busy part of London, now and for future generations. 

“By installing these new pipes, we’ll be strengthening the network in Stoke Newington and reducing the risk of disruptive bursts, as well as working with other organisations to minimise the impact on our customers.”

London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, added: “It’s great these organisations are collaborating to reduce disruption to Londoners while ensuring important works are carried out to maintain our energy and water networks.

“City Hall and TfL have done a lot of work to ensure works are better coordinated to minimise the disruption on London’s streets – and we appreciate that Thames Water, Cadent and the wider industry are embracing this innovative approach.”

Stuart Donaldson, Cadent’s engineering manager, said: “At Cadent we are committed to working with others to reduce the impact of our work. This project provided an excellent opportunity to bring forward our gas mains replacement programme with the benefits to everyone of minimising the disruption from this essential work.” 

Thames Water is continuing to carry out essential work during the coronavirus outbreak, in line with government guidelines.

Those working in the water and sewerage industry have been identified by the government as key workers and customers can expect to see the company’s engineers working in their communities to maintain essential water and wastewater services during the pandemic and prevent problems in the future.