End in sight for work on £15 million sewer scheme

March 01 2018

End in sight for work on £15 million sewer scheme

THE £15 million Frome Valley relief sewer scheme is nearing completion, providing extra capacity for large new housing developments.

Wessex Water is building the 5km long pipe that will run westwards from Iron Acton to Bradley Stoke.

The first sections of the scheme were laid near Yate and around the north of Bristol in the 1980s and 1990s.

Three years ago, Wessex announced it would finish the project and June is now the expected completion date.

The new sewer will then serve an expanding Yate and other parts of South Gloucestershire, diverting waste water to the sewage treatment works in Avonmouth.

It should also finally resolve the problem of unsightly waste being stranded along the Frome Valley, the result of sewers running down the valley and through the centre of Bristol.

People who walked along the river said heavy rain and flooding sometimes resulted in debris being strewn along the river bank. 

Past unsuccessful efforts to resolve the problem included installing a fine mesh filter at a bend in the river in Iron Acton and other work next to the ford at Cog Mill. 

As part of the project, Wessex had to tunnel underneath the M4 from the Three Brooks nature reserve in Bradley Stoke, taking care to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. 

The company’s project manager, Mike Bryant, said: “The tunnelling under the M4 has been successful and we are in the process of completing manhole and sewer connections in the area.

“Work in the local nature reserve will be complete and the site will be reinstated by the end of March.

“We’ve excavated up to 3.1km and crossed numerous features such as the River Frome, although the sewer is predominantly being constructed across fields and has had minimal impact on the public.”