New drainage system to deal with heavy rain in Preston

The new tunnel is expected to bring significant environmental improvements to the Fylde coast and the Ribble Estuary

The new tunnel is expected to bring significant environmental improvements to the Fylde coast and the Ribble Estuary

Got a leaflet through the door today about a project that United Utilities are putting in place to deal with sewers overflowing in Preston when there is heavy rainfall.

The leaflet states:

At present when Preston experiences heavy rainfall the sewers in Fishergate Hill, Marsh Lane, Watery Lane and near Penwortham pumping station become overwhelmed, resulting in storm water overflowing into the River Ribble.

Our proposed new £114 million project will reduce the number of spills into the River Ribble.”

Map showing the proposed route for the flood tunnel

Map showing the proposed route for the flood tunnel

The work will cause disruption to Preston City Centre. The work is expected to be completed by 2012 and will begin in Spring 2009. Work within the city centre is hoped to be completed by Christmas 2011.

You can find out more on the United Utilities website and download a copy of their Environmental Improvement Scheme flyer.

I’m waiting on a comment from Save The Ribble about the scheme.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Ed, the project is mentioned on Broadgate is Great here: http://broadgateisgreat.blogspot.com/2009/03/discuss-preston-tunnel-project-at.html (14th March 2009)

    and here: http://broadgateisgreat.blogspot.com/2009/04/grafton-st-to-shut-down.html (6th April 2009)

    and on ‘Save The Ribble’ here: http://save-the-ribble.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-ribble-storm-drains-for-preston.html (21st March 2009)

    The overall consensus is, that if the claims of officialdom that this will reduce flood risk are true, then we are in favour of it.

  2. Unfortunately, it seems that the new drainage system will not necessarily relieve the street flooding we tend to get during very heavy rains, but is intended to stop polluted waters collecting on the streets during rainfall from draining straight into the Ribble.
    This will help keep pollutants such as diesel etc from draining into the river as the water will be channelled beneath the river to be cleaned up at the new treatment works United Utilities will be building in Penwortham, before being discharged into the river.
    This is great news for the Ribble’s ecosystem, but less immediately useful for our flash-flooding issues.
    Since the drains in Penwortham were cleaned out by Lancashire County Council at the end of last year, there have seen some improvements to drainage there – but it remains to be seen whether this will help with the flash flooding we’ve all experienced over the past few years…
    Best wishes,
    Jane at Save The Ribble

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