Severn Trent hosting drop-in session for multi-million-pound project in Cheslyn Hay

25th September 2023

Severn Trent’s multi-million-pound project to upgrade the sewer network in a Staffordshire village will enter its final phase at the end of the year.

Since April last year, the water company has been delivering a major investment programme in Cheslyn Hay, renewing more than 700m of sewer pipes.

Teams have also moved a section of the main sewer away from homes in the village.

Customers are now being invited to a drop-in session, to hear more about the final phase of the project, before work begins. Teams will be on-hand on Thursday, from 3-7pm, at the Great Wyrley Welfare Centre in Broadmeadow Lane.

Olivia Peden, Severn Trent Project Manager, said: “We’re committed to giving Cheslyn Hay an upgraded sewer network, so we are replacing some of the old system with new ones to keep them fit for purpose for years to come.

“This investment will transform the network in the village and help protect homes. We hope that local residents will be able to attend our customer drop-in session so that we can work together to minimise any potential disruption from the final phase of this project.”

Earlier this week, Severn Trent met with the MP for South Staffordshire, Sir Gavin Williamson, to update him on the work and outline the steps being taken to help customers.

He said: “It was good to see the progress being made in Cheslyn Hay to lay new sewer pipes across the village and help protect homes. I look forward to seeing the end results and I am grateful to Severn Trent for providing an update on this important investment programme.”

As part of the final phase of work, a shaft is being built in land off Lockside and Waters Edge Close ahead of tunnel boring work, due to start in early 2024, to lay the new sewer pipes.

While work is carried out, the nearby footpath will remain closed for the safety of the public and teams working on site. The work is expected to finish at the end of March 2024.

Network Rail require Severn Trent’s contractors to work continuously until the tunnelling is completed. This means that once it begins, teams will work 24 hours a day, for 12 days. Severn Trent will be working with the local community to minimise any inconvenience caused by the work.