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Durham City Sewer Network Improvements

We are planning work to improve the performance of the sewer network in Durham City and improve your environment.

Project updates

Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon, we would just like to take this time to provide you with a quick update.

We are continuing to make progress in Old Elvet despite finding several uncharted services. The installation of the pipe has progressed up past the entrance to Court Lane and we will continue to progress through the parking bays opposite the Dun Cow.

The Second squad referred to in our last update, have joined our team today and we expect them to start on Wednesday on Whinney Hill just after the Junction with Green Lane installing new drainage with another set of Traffic Management.

We will continue to follow UK Government guidance regarding the emerging situation of Covid-19 and are committed to continue with our site operations whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of our operatives.

I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on sarahjayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk you have any questions or concerns.

The Government guidance can be found following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Morning Everyone,

Another brief update from our team in Durham:

We continue to make decent progress in Old Elvet despite some challenging circumstances and the odd design tweak. We're now approaching the Court Lane junction on our way up Old Elvet and will be expected to work across the junction from Monday onwards. It shouldn't take more than a week to get across and get reinstated at which time we'll be progressing through the parking bays opposite the Dun Cow.

On Monday 23rd March we'll be starting with a Second squad on Whinney Hill installing new drainage with another set of Traffic Management. After close discussion with Durham County Council we've agreed that this short term disruption will enable us to finsh all the works far sooner than currently programmed. I'll continue to update you all on how the works progress but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me on Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk or my colleague Sarah, on SarahJayne.Vickers@jnbentley.co.uk alternatively; our contact dertails can be found on the public information board located at Green Lane. As ever, our team onsite will be more than willing to help with any issues or concerns that you raise directly. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and please stay safe

 

Colin

 

 

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Urgent

We are appealing to find Tom a middle aged smombie who has gone missing from Old Elvet Durham.

Tom was last seen on Old Elvet next to JN Bentley's working area around 5pm after finishing work, traveling towards Green Lane area.

He is of slim build, 5ft 8, yellow eyes, short black hair and last seen wearing a white shirt, purple tie and black trousers.

Staff are carrying out searches in the area and are becoming increasingly concerned of his where abouts.

Anyone who knows where Tom is or sees him when they are out and about, can you please leave us a message below. We are hoping for a safe and speedy return.

Below is his latest social media profile picture. 

Thanks 

Sarah 

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon,

 

Another update on our works through Durham which are still progressing nicely. We plan on crossing the road into the Southern carriageway throughout the course of the next fortnight as we thread the needle of our new pipeline through a multitude of service crossings which a recent visitor described as; 'Spaghetti Junction meets Kerplunk'

We're ahead of programme currently and hope to continue in the same vein. There should be a good number of parking bays handed back for public use by the end of the week providing the weather breaks a little. Please remain to be vigilant whilst walking through Durham in light of the bad weather as conditions are treacherous underfoot. If you're unsure or stuck, please speak to One of the guys currently working in Old Elvet who're equipped with rock salt and snow shovels and will be happy to help in any way. We also have first aid provisions readily available.

Due to the recent poor weather and increased likelihood of slips and trips we've decided to bring in a new worker who's photograph is below. His main job is to watch out for you guys and make sure you're all taking care to watch where you're going before stepping into roads and to ensure there are no uncomfortable footway collisions. Please say Hi to 'Tom' when you get the chance and remember to not be a 'Smombie'!

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon folks,

Another brief update on our works in Durham which are now progressing through Old Elvet. It's been slow going of late, and devilishly tricky to negotiate unexpected service crossings, Victorian cluverts and most recently, a wall! Old Elvet dates back approximately 1000 years and it's fascinating to see the new road surface laid upon a Victorian road which in turn is laid upon a Medieval road. My colleagues and I are working closely with Durham University's archaeological team who're recording any and all items of interest. I know that Stuart, our resident archaeologist will be happy to explain what it is we're doing should any of you wish to ask any questions when passing by. Despite the consistent obstacles we are still making adequate progress and have began diverting surface water flows into our new pipeline and directly into the river as we're picking up road gulleys as we go.

As ever, please take the utmost care when crossing Old Elvet and pay attention to signage and temporary traffic signals. If you're stuck, lost or in need of any assistance my team are always willing to lend a hand. We have first aiders on hand in the event of any emergencies and a defibrillator onsite so never hesitate to approach us.If you have any queries please direct them to Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk or my colleague SarahJayne.vickers@jnbentley.co.uk  

Stay safe and have a great weekend.

Colin

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning All, just a quick post to let you know our Community Outreach Vehicle 'Flo' is in the area.

Myself and Dave are here till after lunch, to answer any questions you may have. 

Please pop along and say 'Hi'.

Thanks 

Sarah

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good afternoon all, time for another update ready for the festive shut down which starts on the 20th December till the 2nd January.

We have temporarily reinstated the road at Territorial Lane/Old Elvet and removed the traffic management TM until we return in the new year.

On the 2nd January we are installing 3-way TM on Old Elvet/Territorial Lane to allow us to remove a traffic island outside Hotel Indigo (Phase 1). The following week 6th Jan the TM will be rearranged (Phase 2). This will then be made to 2-way week commencing 13th January.

Whilst our work is ongoing on Old Elvet there will be parking bay suspensions on both sides of the road, the team will cone the parking spaces off to indicate which are closed.

And finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding while we have been carrying out our work and would like to wish you a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Thanks

Sarah

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon Everyone

I just wanted to give a very brief update on our current position.

All tunnelling works are completed and we have temporarily reinstated the junction of Old Elvet and Territorial Lane. The crane is being removed from site as I type this and our men are on hand to then remove the temporary traffic signals for the Christmas period.

Thank you all so much for bearing with us through what has been an incredibly challenging few weeks. Your patience and adherence to safe traffic zones has been extremely important to us as we strive to contine our Zero harm and CARE approach to these works.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your loved ones and be sure to overindulge on all that is good and fun, I know I will

Colin

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon everyone,

A quick update on what was a fantastic day yesterday. Micro-tunnelling was completed from Durham University Carpark in Territorial Lane to Old Elvet with no hiccups and it was pleasing to see the Tunnel Boring Machine arrive in the correct place and right on schedule! I've attached some photographs below.

We've mad excellent progress in Elvet Waterside and are currently connecting up pipework and now have an outfall. We hope to have both Old Elvet and Elvet Waterside fully reopened by the end of next week - Thank you very much for your continued patience with changes in both areas.

As ever, please direct any queries to Colin.Butler@jnbentley.co.uk

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Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Good morning all, some of you will have noticed we installed the Traffic Management Wednesday am as planned, however there were a few minor tweaks required, so this was shortly after removed. The Traffic Management was re-introduced yesterday morning and there has been a change to the original plan. I have added to most up to date Traffic Management Plan for you to view.

We would like to apologise for any confusion. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks 

Sarah

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