A half a million pound project to improve the sewer network under St Clements Street, Oxford, is set to begin on July 10
Thames Water’s work will see engineers lay a new 50 metre long pipe to increase the capacity of the sewer network and reduce the risk of flooding to basements and properties in the area. As a temporary measure, tankers are currently used to remove excess sewage from the network of pipes however the planned project will provide a permanent solution meaning the tankers will no longer be needed.
Work is expected to continue until September 3, during which time temporary traffic lights will be in place on St Clements Street between Dawson Street and Caroline Street, which will be manually controlled between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 2pm at weekends.
Thames Water project manager, Justin Boustouller, said: “This is a really important piece of work to upgrade the sewers and protect residents and businesses from sewer flooding. The old brick system urgently needs improving so it can cope with the volumes of sewage it receives from an ever growing population, so while we appreciate the work will cause some disruption, it’s important we invest in our network in this way to make it fit for the future.
“We’ve planned the work extremely carefully so much of it coincides with school holidays and had regular meetings with Oxfordshire County Council to coordinate our own work with their plans to keep disruption to a minimum.”
County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “We have worked together with Thames water to time the work for the quietest time on the roads and to come up with the least disruptive option for what is a very important piece of work.
“The county council is keeping in regular contact with Thames Water. We will monitor the work and ensure that the traffic management is appropriate at all times.
“There is the potential for the work to be very disruptive at times so the advice is to plan your journeys, allow extra time and keep up to date with the local traffic news.”
During the work, some changes to bus stops and routes will be needed and details of these will be communicated to passengers by the relevant bus companies. Thames Water has sent letters to around 700 homes and businesses on St Clements Street and the surrounding area to notify them of the work.