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Killingworth Road - burst main update

We are working hard to repair a burst main on Killingworth Road - we will use this page to provide updates about the repair and also the work required to clean up and reinstate the affected area.

Project updates

Update by Rachel Nelson

Hi everyone

Just to confim the we will be on site on Monday morning to drill the two boreholes at either end of the fenced off area. If you could make sure that our contractors have access to the back lane from 8am that would be great. We will be installing vibration monitoring equipment before this work starts. The property survey reports from Sanderson Weatherall should have been hand delivered to you this afternoon.

We are hoping to have the next meeting in two weeks so we can update you on our progress and give you and update on where we are at with our discussions with NCC about parking during the main project.

Kind regards

Rachel

 

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Update by Amanda Hunt

Hello Everyone

Just a quick update from me today.

I’m standing in for Rachel to let you know that on Monday 22 February our Estates team will be posting formal notices in the back lane with notification that the boreholes are to commence.

We are continuing to work towards the schedule that Rachel has already shared, and she’ll be back next week to provide you with a further update on that timetable.

Kind regards

Amanda

 

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Good afternoon

 

I wanted to provide you with an update about what’s been happening this week and provide a plan of what we will be working on moving forward to get us to the point of starting on the ground.

 

This week, we have had confirmation that we don’t need planning permission to rebuild the wall which is good news. We have had verbal agreement to the Approval In Principle from NCC which allows us to progress the design and firm up the drawings.

 

The property surveys are almost complete and we propose to carry out the boreholes week commencing 1st March.  

 

Our Estates team will be posting formal notices in the back lane to inform you that the boreholes are to commence. This is a legal requirement.

 

 The Environment Agency have confirmed that there is no need for Water Framework Directive Assessment as we are not altering the watercourse, again this is good news.

 

Following our meeting on 29th January, as promised, we approached Newcastle City Council about alternative parking and they have confirmed that they won’t allow the use of either the bus lane or the cycle lane for safety reasons. They are also unable to approve the installation of a mirror to aid visibility when exiting the back lane. They have taken away the request to reduce the speed limit however have pointed out this would be a legal process and may take some time. I’m sure this is disappointing and we would welcome any further suggestions for how these issues might be addressed. We are also speaking to local councillors about alternative approaches.

 

We will be inspecting the dumpy bags and the fencing on a weekly basis moving forward.

 

Plan of our next steps:

 

As I mentioned above, we will be doing the two boreholes 1st March . The analysis of the samples will then be carried out and this will feed into the detailed design.

On-going - finalise structural  surveys which are almost completed – Sanderson Weatherall will then produce the reports for each property

w/c 15th February - submit Flood Risk Activity Permit Application to the Environment Agency

w/c 8th March – Esh Stantec will be finalizing the detailed design of the required work

8th March – 31st March - prepare contract documentation, finalize costs, obtain approvals & formally award the contract to Esh Stantec

1st April – 19th April -  progress health and safety planning, procure the required materials to enable us to  commence construction.

 

We will update you on this in future weeks so you know how we are progressing with that timetable.

 

Kind regards

Rachel

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Good afternoon everyone

 

I wanted to provide an update about what has happened over the last week and let you know what are plans are for the coming week.

 

As you know, the river levels have been high this week and we have placed sandbags at the location of the damaged wall section to provide extra protection. As more rain is forecasted, we will continue to monitor the situation.

 

A number of you have already had your properties surveyed by Sanderson Weatherall and more are booked in next week. Sanderson Weatherall have left messages and written to some properties who have not yet had a survey and I would encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible to we can progress with the boreholes.

 

Next week, we will continue to liaise with Newcastle City Council about our plans for the work and Ben Ralston who you met last Friday is continuing to work with our ecologist to gather the information we need in support of our application to the Environment Agency.

 

As requested during the meeting last week, we are pulling together a forward plan so that we can share what will be happening over the coming weeks as we work towards starting work on site. This will be posted on this portal by close of play on Thursday 11th February.

 

Thanks

Rachel

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Hi there

Our engineers have been out on site this afternoon and confirmed that the dumpy bags in the river are secure.

As a precaution, we will be placing additonal sandbags in the area where the wall has slipped into the river. This will be done in the morning and we will also leave additional sandbags for our customers to use if you want to.

We will continue to monitor the situation and link in with the Environment Agency who will be monitoring the river levels.

Thanks

Rachel

 

 

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Good afternoon

Thanks to everyone who has got in touch this morning about the river levels following the heavy rain. The Environment Agency have been on site this morning to monitor the situaton and we have engineers coming out this afternoon to asses what action we need to take.

I will provide an update later today.

Thanks

Rachel

 

 

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Hi everyone

I wanted to let you know that the project team got together yesterday for a progress meeting. There is still lots of work going on behind the scenes and we will provide a full update as soon as we can.

In the meantime, you may notice some NW staff on site this afternoon who are helping with our onging investigations.

 

Kind regards

Rachel

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Good afternoon

I wanted to provide an update on where were are at with our on-going plans about re-building the wall and reinstating the back lane.

As you know, our supply partners Esh-Stanec have been onsite this week doing some further investigations as we work towards a solution.

This is a very complex situation and there is lots of work going on behind the scenes. We are working closely with The Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council.

We have now submitted a proposal to the council and hope to have their feedback in early January.
We will then be in a position to share our plans and also a potential start date.

Kind regards

Rachel

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Update by Rachel Nelson

Good morning

As part of our on-going work to implement a permanent solution to reinstate the back lane and the river bank, I wanted to let you know that there will be some activity on site next week.

Our supply partners, Esh Stantec will be carrying out some CCTV work and also digging some trial holes as part of the investigatory works required to progress the project.

We will keep you informed of progress as more information is obtained.

Kind regards

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

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Update by Amanda Hunt

Thank you for your comments about traffic management in the area of Killingworth Road/Gallalaw Terrace.

As you know, we have spoken to the highways inspector to see if there are any alternatives which may slow the traffic in the area.  He is confident that the system we have in place is appropriate and adequate in respect of our works.

The advice we were given is that if residents are concerned about the speed of traffic in the area, they should contact the police as this is a wider issue than the work we’re involved with.  Whilst I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for, I hope it shows we are taking your feedback seriously and continue to work with the appropriate people to highlight concerns – even if they are about wider points.

We will continue to provide updates on our work as we progress.

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