Commuters warned of delays

COMMUTERS could face delays in Backwell next week as work starts to renovate the village’s ageing sewers.

Some of the pipes date back to the 1930s and could collapse or be prone to blockages if not repaired.

Wessex Water is due to start work on the system on Monday and renovations are expected to take two weeks.

The company is using an innovative technique to renovate the sewers so the work, which would normally take three months, can be completed a lot sooner and will safeguard the pipes for around 100 years.

Julian Britton, of Wessex Water, who is overseeing the work, said: “Traditionally we would have had to excavate long stretches of the highway to carry out the repairs which is very disruptive.

“However, in Backwell we will be carrying out the work by accessing sewers through manholes and rather than replacing them, extend their life by lining the pipes.

“The work will resolve a number of structural detects that have been caused by tree root infestation identified when we used CCTV to survey the sewers.”

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The work will involve a scaffold tower being built over a manhole and a liner inserted inside the sewer which is filled with water so it expands before being heated to cure it in place.

Around 630m of sewer in Farleigh Road, West Town Road and Dark Lane will be repaired using the technique.

Wessex Water will be using temporary traffic lights to control traffic while accessing the sewers but confirmed there will be no need for a road closure.

Motorists commuting through the village have being advised to allow extra time for their journeys while the work is carried out.

Residents can find out more about the work by visiting Wessex Water’s website at