Work set to start in Stroud as part of £25 million waste network upgrades

Wednesday 2nd March 2022

The main phase of ambitious plans to upgrade the waste network in Stroud is about to start. 

Severn Trent is investing £25 million to help prevent sewer flooding and river pollution across the Gloucestershire town.

This major overhaul of the sewer network includes plans to install approximately three kilometres of bigger waste pipes to create more capacity during heavy rainfall; separate surface water from the sewage network; and create additional storage with smart controls, holding water back during large storm events and returning it back to the treatment works when the rainfall has subsided. Improvements will also be taking place at Stanley Downton Sewage Treatment Works.

The main phase of work will begin at three locations across Stroud, starting on 7, 14 and 21 March:

  • Monday 7 March - teams will be working on land off Lodgemore Lane, carrying out preparation works for the construction of a new sewer. This work is expected to take approximately two weeks. Teams will return on Monday 28 March to complete a second phase of works, which will take an estimated three weeks. During this work, parking restrictions will be in place to keep the public and teams safe. 
  • Monday 14 March - work will start in Stroud Town Centre to carry out sewer works which will take approximately five months to complete. The first stage of the work will be carried out in three phases beginning on Acre Street, followed by Middle Street and Nelson Street - this activity will take an estimated two weeks to complete. Following this, teams will start utility diversion works in Nelson Street, before moving onto Middle Street and then Acre Street. During these works, a rolling road closure will be put in place in each street whilst teams are working, which will mean there will be restricted parking during this time. Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, however parking will be impacted for properties directly adjacent to working areas.
  • Monday 21 March - teams will be working in multiple locations in the fields adjacent to the A419 Ebley Bypass to construct a new sewerage site, whilst also carrying out essential works on the sewerage system alongside the River Frome. This will take approximately eighteen months to complete.  For the first three months of this work, temporary traffic lights will be in place mid-way along the bypass between the Sainsburys roundabout and Ryeford Industrial estate. A temporary reduced speed limit will also be in place until June 2023 along the bypass to keep the public and teams safe. Temporary traffic lights will be re-introduced at specific times throughout the duration of the work when needed

Janine Billington, from Severn Trent, said: “We would like to thank our customers in Stroud in advance for their patience whilst we carry out this major project that will benefit the area for years to come.

“Although this work is really important, we know it can be inconvenient. Any road closures, temporary traffic lights and parking restrictions in place to keep customers and our teams safe, and will allow us to complete the work as quickly as possible

“This £25 million investment in Stroud will go a long way towards protecting the River Frome and other local watercourses, and the community is set to benefit from increased capacity and state-of-the-art technology that will protect homes in the area and completely transform the waste network that will last for generations."

To find out more about this project, and keep up to date with its progress, please visit our website.