Sarah Jayne Parvin 27 October, 2023 at 4:17PM
We've got some updates on our ongoing works, and as always, we're committed to keeping you informed. Here's the latest:
'Georgia', our tunnel boring machine (lovingly named by the kids over at Springwell Village Primary School), has been diligently drilling under the Bowes Railway. While she initially sped through at about 8 metres a day, she's hit some tough rock patches, slowing her down to about 1.5 metres daily. Georgia made her grand entrance at the reception pit yesterday, I have included some pictures below of her arrival.
Pipe laying work from Bowes Railway heading towards the Wagon Inn has been split into three phases.
Phase 1 Our initial plan was to kick off Phase 1 on the 23rd of October, however there was a few days delay and we started this yesterday. As we roll out this phase, public rights of way will be diverted for around 16 weeks. To guide you through the changes, we'll put up notices showing the localised footpath diversions. Please do take a moment to familiarise yourself with these. I have also included a copy Here for your information.
Phase 2 Were anticipating starting Phase 2 between the 20th of November and the 1st of December. From this point, our working area will be constantly shifting, starting from where Phases 1 and 2 meet. The working area is expected to cover about 40 meters, in any one time. Towards the end of this phase, there will be restricted access from the rear of Thomas Street onto Golloping Green Road. For a clearer picture of the working area, please refer to this drawing.
Phase 3 As we move into this phase, please note there will be limited access near Thomas Street and Sandy Lane. The main connection for this phase is set to occur at the junction of Sandy Lane and Galloping Green Road, in the New Year. Remember the trial holes from earlier this year? Similarly, we'll have a diversion in place, but this time it'll last around 4 weeks. While this diversion’s up, there won’t be any through traffic. However, we've made provisions for residents and visitors to the Wagon Inn and Mount Centre to access via Thomas Street.
Springwell Reservoir Update
Over at our reservoir site on Mount Lane, if you've had a glance, you'd see the walls are visibly rising. Each one stands 8 meters tall. In the coming weeks, the influx of precast concrete deliveries will continue, making consistent progress in our reservoir construction. Additionally, a heads up for Saturday, the 28th of October: we'll be undertaking some weekend work, laying pipe in the easement area adjacent to Angel Rise at the top of the reservoir site. Our working hours will be between 9am and 1pm.
We’d also like to inform you that while we had previously anticipated a second crane's arrival soon, it's now rescheduled to make its appearance in the New Year.
Adding to our reservoir works, we're launching the second part of the contract. This involves laying a 5.5 km pipeline, connecting Springwell Reservoir to Washington. Though a majority of this project will unfold on private land, we'll require a road crossing on Peareth Hall Road, aiming for minimum disruption. Further details of this road crossing will be added on here once we have this information. You can view our map here, which shows the working areas we’re fencing off between now and Christmas.
Springwell Road Entrance
We're also initiating the creation of a site entrance off Springwell Road, set to start on the 6th of November. This will mean a single lane closure for about two weeks under traffic management. For clarity on this, I've included a map here to show the site entrance and traffic arrangements.
Also a reminder to everyone, that each Thusday between 12 and 1pm I'll be in the Cosy Cafe at Springwell Village Community Venue, if you would like to pop along for a chat.
Thank you for your understanding and patience throughout these developments. If questions arise or if you need more insights, feel free to reach out. We're here to help.