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Tyneside Water Network Improvements

Northumbrian Water are embarking upon an investment of over £6m in our strategic trunk mains water network in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead. This project is known as Pipeline Management.

Start Date

July, 2017

Estimated End Date

May, 2019


Mott MacDonald Bentley

Update by Mark Robinson

Morning all,

As you will have probably noticed we have commenced works on Jesmond Dene Rd installing the first of many valves. In order to safely carry out our works we have had to pinch Lane 1 of the road (dedicated lane from Jesmond Dene Rd onto Ilford Rd at the traffic lights). In addition, we have also had to close a section of the adjacent footpath and close the bus stop. A diversion has been set out through the tree canopy using a temporary footpath matting so you can still pass by. Flood lighting will be set up each evening to ensure the area is well lit but do be careful when walking through.

Before we can chop out the existing pipe and install our nice new valve, we have to drain down the water and prepare for the works. This is known as isolation. The reason I'm telling you this is because at present, you will notice a hose pipe running from a nearby hydrant just in front of our excavation, along the kerb line and past the pedestrian crossing. A ramp has been set out at this point, highlighted and visible with signage either side of the road. When approaching and crossing, please take your time and be careful. If you're a cyclist, please dismount before crossing. Our operatives in the area will carry out checks throughout the day to ensure this is safe and intact. If you need assitance crossing the ramp, don't be afraid to give them a shout and we will happily assist!!

So...progress...We currently have a large hole in the road and our trench support has been installed to create a safe working environment. The water main was drained down yesterday and today, we intend on cutting out the pipe. Concrete will be placed in the base of the excavation later today and this will act as a clean, solid working platform from which we can build our chamber to house the new valve, known as blinding. We will be working tomorrow to install the steel reinforcement which will form the chamber base, ready for the concrete pour on Monday.

That's about it for now. I'll upload some photos soon and be in touch next week. Have a great weekend!


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