New water pipe for Chester, Wirral and Ellesmere Port

By John Martin @UUJohnMartin

Over the next few weeks engineers working on behalf of United Utilities will be a regular presence in and around Grosvenor Road (A484).

The team of engineers will be carrying out site investigation work as part of the water company’s plan to build a new £7m water pipeline, which will help continue to supply customers in parts of Chester, Wirral and Ellesmere Port with fresh, clean drinking water.

Dan Smith, United Utilities project manager said: "We currently have a water pipe running from Heronbridge pumping station, across to Chester Approach and up through Overleigh roundabout."

"This pipe was installed over 30 years ago, and to make sure we can continue to meet the demands of today’s population we need to support this pipe with a new one, which will follow a similar route."

Initial work will start on Sunday, January 17 and is expected to take between three and four weeks to complete.

During this time the team will be testing ground condition to help plan the route of the new water pipeline.

To minimise disruption on Grosvenor Road (A484), work will take place overnight. Temporary traffic lights will be used on Overleigh roundabout on Sunday, January 17 at 8am until Monday, January 18 at 6am.

Work is also taking place on Chester Approach and Eaton Road, which will take place during normal working hours with temporary traffic lights being used on Eaton Road.

 Map showing proposed route of new water pipeline

Map showing proposed route of new water pipeline

"The main project is likely to start in April and will take around a year to complete. We’re planning to carry out a considerable amount of the work via tunnelling, which will greatly reduce the risk of disrupting traffic," added Dan.

This project is the latest multi-million pound investment in the water network for Cheshire and the Wirral.

The water company recently completed a £10m project building a new pumping station at Heronbridge.