Field Way Highbridge

Field Way - Highbridge

Work to reduce the risk of flooding to local roads and homes during and after heavy rainfall.


11 May 2020: Construction re-started after pausing in April due to Covid-19

We have returned to the site after more than three weeks on standby to ensure the project is completed by October 2020. Construction is planned to re-start in the week commencing Monday 18 May after some re-mobilisation work.

We’re following the very latest Covid-19 advice issued by the government, who have officially designated water and sewerage personnel as key workers who provide an essential service. We have confirmed with our contractor and suppliers their commitment to work with us to complete the scheme on programme, while complying with health and safety and social distancing guidelines.

We understand the inconvenience that this work may cause, particularly given the current lockdown situation. We and our contractors will make every effort to complete work as quickly as possible and keep disruption to a minimum.


What we are doing

We are carrying out improvements to the drainage network in the Field Way area of Highbridge to reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and roads during and after heavy rainfall.

The current surface water system has no point of free discharge into the Worston Rhyne. 

This causes the water table to rise and leads to groundwater infiltration into the network, resulting in localised flooding.

Improving the surface water drainage in the area will enhance the performance of the foul water system and reduce the likelihood of flooding in homes and local roads and benefit both the local community and environment.

What’s involved?

A new intercepting surface water (rain) pumping station with rising main will remove surface water from the sewerage network.

A new below-ground surface water pumping station will be built on the roundabout of Pepperall Road to Wallace Wells Road.

The flows from the pumping station will be diverted to a new rising main along the cycleway between Wallace Wells Road and Worston Lane which discharges to a new headwall on the Rhine at Worston Lane.

We are working with the following partners on this scheme: Somerset County Council, the Somerset Rivers Authority and the Internal Drainage Board.

Somerset Rivers Authority are using Government Growth Deal funds from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

How will I be affected?

You can continue to use your water and sewerage services as normal.

In conjunction with Somerset County Council we have agreed the following temporary diversions during this essential work:

  • A section of Pepperall Road, between Alfred Court and the roundabout with Worston Road, will be closed while we build the pumping station. Traffic will be diverted along Edithmead (B3139) and the A38.
  • Access to Alfred Court Homecare and Highbridge Medical Centre and pharmacy will remain open during the works, accessible from Burnham Road (B3139).
  • For safety reasons and to avoid a non-approved alternative diversion route, Poples Bow Road bridge will be closed to traffic during the diversion. Cycling will be allowed along Poples Bow Road.
  • Worston Lane footpath and cycle path will be closed during the work. Diversions will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • For health and safety reasons access to The King Alfred School fields from the pedestrian footpath will be closed during some periods.

Construction traffic and possible noise disruption will be kept to a minimum. Vegetation along the construction area will be trimmed or removed and subsequently replanted.

How long will it take?

Works started in late February 2020 and expect to take seven months to complete it.

We apologise for any inconvenience while this essential work takes place.

Need more information?

Our frequently asked questions may answer any queries you have about this work.

If not, please contact us using live chat or call our customer services team on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, emergencies at other times).


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