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Severn Trent to hold community drop-in session ahead of work in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Friday 27th October

Severn Trent is to hold a community drop-in session to share plans to replace water pipes in Newcastle-under-Lyme that will help provide customers with a reliable supply for the future. 

The project is part of a £2.5m investment in the North Staffordshire area to replace more than 12km of water pipes. This section of the work will take place across Buckmaster Avenue and Stafford Avenue, and engineers are now keen to meet with as many local people as possible.

Dave Kiernan, who is heading up the project for Severn Trent, explains: “This is a really big project for us, and one that will make sure that local people have a really reliable water supply for many years to come.

“We know how important it is for our customers to not have to think about what happens when they turn their taps on and that’s why we’ve taken the decision to replace the existing pipes which are getting older and starting to become more prone to leaks and bursts. 

“Some people might have concerns about the work so we’d invite them, and anyone else who lives locally, to come along to our drop-in session to find out more about our plans.

The drop-in session will take place in the foyer area of Newcastle Baptist Church on Stafford Avenue on Wednesday 1 November between 4pm and 7pm. The work is currently scheduled to start on Monday 20 November and should be complete by May next year.

Dave continues: “To make sure our engineers can work safely we’ll have temporary traffic lights and road closures in place while we work in short sections.  

“We know this will cause some disruption so we’re planning to have two teams carrying out the work in order to complete it as quickly as possible. Contractors, from Amey, will work closely with local people and businesses to minimise disruption to daily life as much as possible. This is really essential work and we hope local residents will understand why we’re it and will appreciated the great long-term benefits it will have.”

The scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,400 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.

For more information and updates about the work visit www.stw.works.

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