Southern Water carrying out £30million upgrade to Thanet’s sewers

Southern Water is carrying out work on Thanet's sewer system

Southern Water is investing more than £30 million to upgrade Thanet’s ageing sewers.

Ground surveys and other works will continue this month, with the main construction taking place towards the end of the year.

The work is the second of three phases after Southern Water successfully carried out the first phase of works in 2014/15.

The scheme is planned to be completed in early 2020 and will be carried out by TPMD, a team of three specialists – Terra Solutions, Pfeiffer and Matt Durbin Associates.

Head of Delivery for Networks at Southern Water, John Evans, said: “We’re doing this work to protect the environment and water resources in Ramsgate and the wider Thanet area, by renovating and replacing its ageing sewers. This is to ensure they are fit for future generations and help prevent any possible impact on the environment – which no one wants.

“We’re investing more than £30 million, which is a lot of money, and reflective of the kind of challenges we face with this unique sewerage network. We’re not sure there are any other sewers quite like this in the country and certainly the nearest similar assets are in Paris.

“We do appreciate the vital works we are undertaking may cause delays, and we apologise for this.”

Southern Water and TPMD will continue to inform customers of works that may impact them.

Sewer improvement work

Lyndhurst Road, Ramsgate
Lyndhurst Road is taking longer than planned due to Southern Water finding additional repairs to the sewer that need to be carried out. Lyndhurst Road will remain closed at the junction with Victoria Parade for another couple of weeks and the temporary traffic lights will stay in place. You’ll still be able to access the road from Queen’s Road and Penshurst.

Working hours will be Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Muir Road, Ramsgate
Work on the first section of Muir Road is progressing well, but Southern Water has identified additional improvements that need to be done to the sewer further along the road. From 5 November a short section of Muir Road, outside No. 33, will be shut for up to three weeks. You’ll still be able to access the road from Dumpton Park Drive and Hereson Road;

Working hours will be Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Survey areas

Bellevue Road
Charles Road
College Road
Elizabeth Road
Dumpton Lane
Goodwin Road
Leopold Road
Plains of Waterloo
Pegwell Road
Queens Gate Road
Stancomb Avenue
Truro Road
Victoria Parade
Winstanley Crescent (This will include a temporary road closure between numbers 13 and 57 from 9am to 2.30pm on 26 October)
Beacon Road
Belvedere Road
Brassey Avenue
Carlton Avenue
Dumpton Park Drive
Eastern Esplanade
Gladstone Road
Granville Road
King Edwards Avenue
Lanthorne Road
Lindenthorpe Road
Luton Avenue
Norman Road
Pierremont Avenue
Seafield Avenue
Seaview Road
St Mildreds Avenue
Stanley Road
Swinburne Avenue
Victoria Parade
Westcliffe Avenue

For updated information on the scheme visit the dedicated webpage:

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  1. £30 million on the 2nd phase with the first phase finishing in 2015. Meanwhile shareholders and dividends to management and co have continued. No wonder Southern Water are near the bottom of the league table for investment.

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