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By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, Over the last few weeks my team have spoken to over 200 customers in the area, to advise and confirm that we are now in the area.  It was lovely to speak to you all, and I appreciate your understanding and patience whilst we carry out our works. This week I have spoken to most of the residents of Farmgarth and delivered letters to advise that as of Monday, you will see our team start to work on the grassed area at the bottom of the cul-de-sac.   It is likely that the work will be the middle to the latter part of the week.  Access to the street will not be impacted at this time.  I will be in contact again, prior to the next stage of works when we cross into Roseberry Crescent. The work will  involve removing the topsoil to create a hard standing area for storage throughout the scheme.  I am on site today to attend the progress meeting.  Our site team wanted to take this opportunity to introduce themselves, so I have included a short video in my update. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss our works in further detail.  Or even post questions on here for our project team to answer. Have a great weekend. Christine

By Anthony Birkett

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Hi Everyone Thanks to Richard on site for this week's progress update: We’ve made significant progress on site this week undertaking what could arguably be the most risky of our operations to date. As mentioned last week, we started the drilling of our trenchless drainage which runs underneath Station Road. Today we’re approximately halfway through the first of two drives and have safety passed the gas main which we diverted last month. A big well done to the site team and designers for their hard work to make this happen without incident. I'd also like to thank Northern Gas Networks and their team for their assistance and effort in this work. You may have noticed, the pipework which will connect into the trenchless drainage is working its way across the play area. To do this we’ve had to temporarily close and divert the footpaths around it. The drainage gang is close to starting work on the control chamber which will ultimately control the water level in the lake. No pressure there then! The excavation of the basin in the park is progressing well. Surplus soils are being taken off site - as I’m sure you’ve seen, with many wagons coming out of the site! As we work in this area, we have a team of archaeologists that visit the site. This is so they can look out for remains of historical mine workings, specifically the old wagonways.This is all very interesting stuff! We’ve now been on site since August 2018 and based in the park since Christmas and its a lovely location to work in - its nice to have the view that we get looking over the lake and the wildlife that it supports. On the subject of the wildlife, here are some interesting facts about the swans: - A group of swans is known as a herd, however a group in captivity are called a fleet - There are six species of swans - Cygnophbia or kiknophobia is the fear of swans - Swans are highly intelligent and remember who has been kind to them, or not. - Swans are protected under the Wildllife and Countryside Act 1981 We’ve also had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from Northumbria University studying a MSC in Safety, Health and Environmental Management, visited our site at Killingworth this week. Our site will provide the basis for their ‘Environmental Management in Practice’ project which they will later present to our Energy & Environmental Advisor (Simon Park) and Site Manager. I've attached a few photographs of our progress this week and also the visit from our friends from the University. Regards Tony

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, Here are a couple of photos showing the new water mains being installed across the road into the new site. Our temporary home for the next 12months is progressing well as you can see from the cabin photograph. From my conversation with the site team they are starting to settle in really well in this beautiful part of the region and some are staying over locally which is great for the local economy.

By Christine Taylor

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Good evening  I visited site today to see how our team are getting on. I spoke to a couple of customers and I was pleased with the progress of the team. We are on site until Friday clearing the area. As you will have noticed the traffic management has now been removed. I have attached some photos from my visit today. Thank you for your continued patience and support. Christine

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning all, work is progressing well on site and this week we are pressure testing the pipe laid from the Felling bypass to Aldi. Once the pressure testing is complete we can start to reinstate the excavations.  As well as the pressure testing there is going to be a short water isolation 2.45hrs on this side of the bypass, which will affect a small number of buildings, you will be notified if this will included your address by the close of play Wednesday 13th Feb. Work will continue on the high street side which will include excavations, valve changes and pressure testing. I have added a few photos below. As always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on the 'contact us' at the top of the page. Thanks  Sarah       

By Christine Taylor

GREAT NEWS THE AQUADUCT IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  Thank you for all your patience and understanding during our works. Have a great Tuesday christine

By Brian Hall

Good morning I am the community officer for Interserve Construction and will be working on this project. I have been able to meet with some residents and hope to speak to more of you over the next few weeks. I will be on site on a regular basis and also contactable on 07484 516963 if you would like to speak to me.

By Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning, a quick update to let you know that the traffic management has been removed yesterday from Etherley Moor Lane. No further traffic manaement is expected. Last week i was asked about the footpath and i advised we were constructing a manhole within the footpath. We expect the foot path will reopen in March. I have included some pictures below to show the 100mm ductile iron pipework installed under the iron footbridge to carry new sewer across weardale railway, the pipe is hung from the wooden joists to preserve the listed ironwork bridge structure. Thank you for your patience, and as always any questions please us the contact us at the top of the page. Sarah

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, Thought I would let you have a look at our "opening" last week. The Project Team invited along local councillors to introduce them to the scheme and to have a tour of the site. Hear are some photos and a video, hope you enjoy. Don't forget please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  

By Kevin McGargle

Good Morning Just a brief update with regards our works on Great Lime Road, yesterday and into the evening we tested and chlorinated the new water main that we have installed and are now looking to do the final connections and reinstatement works pending water quality results. We anticipate to be clear of the site by wednesday night next week (20th February 2019). Thank you for your patience whilst we have been completing this section of works. Kind Regards Kevin McGargle Site Manager

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, Just another quick update as to where we are:- Now that the scaffolding has been removed from the bridge you may be wondering how long we have to go on what has been an extensive refurbishment scheme for Cotherstone Pipe Bridge. Work is nearing completion and the next stage is to landscape on both sides of the river. Hope you will agree now the scaffold has been removed the refurbished bridge is looking great. The access road in the north field needs to remain in place for a little while longer to enable us to complete the landscaping works.  Upon completion of the landscaping works we will be in a position to remove the temporary access road which is the final part of the works. Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we have been working in your village for quite considerable time. Don't forget if you want to ask us any questions pleases feel free!!

By Brian Hall

Hi, Good to see the weather warming up again. It is helping us to start progressing again. Progress this week - Cockfield  - we are now in a position to start setting up the walls to the chemical bund now that the base has been concreted. We have other smaller operations on going. Traffic on and off site is minimal but still be careful when driving past. Ramshaw - The attached photos show we are progressing well and ready to start pouring concrete. Traffic will be minimal during this period. We are however going to move a cabin from Ramshaw across to Butterknowle. Please bear with us as we will need to stop the traffic for a short period while we do this. Butterknowle has thawed out quite a bit over the last week. This has caused the track to the works to have a bit of surface mud. We are managing this the best we can at present. The testing to the water main is going well. We are now in a position to close it down and get the traffic lights removed early next week. The work to the pumping station has had an interesting start. Now making good progress. Enjoy your week. Many Thanks Martin
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