Sewage upgrade to continue in village with two-way traffic lights

The majority of sewage work to improve sewage networks in Cottenham will be carried out under two-way traffic lights

The majority of sewage work in the second stage of improving networks in Cottenham will be carried out under two-way traffic lights instead of closing key roads. - Credit: Google Maps

Two-way traffic lights will be in place at several roads in Cottenham as work to improve 70 metres of sewer network continues. 

This is the second stage of a £200,000 investment to prolong the life of the existing sewer along the High Street and protect the local environment. 

The majority of repairs this time will be carried out under two-way traffic lights instead of closing key roads. 

A relining system will be used that creates a pipe within a pipe. 

This process involves a specialist fibreglass liner which is inserted into the sewer, inflated by air and cured in place with ultraviolet lights.  

The technology will prolong the life of the sewer. However, some sections will need to be replaced using traditional open trenches.

In November 2021, the village's High Street closed until December 10 while Anglian Water carried out the first phase of the project.

Andrew Barnes, project engineer for Anglian Water, said: “This vital work means that we can prolong the life of the sewers in Cottenham and reduce the impact to both the environment and customers. 

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“We’d like to thank the residents of Cottenham for their patience while we complete the next stages of this work.” 

The next stages of work for the sewers will take place in the following locations: 

  • January 31– February 23. High Street between Lambs Lane and the Salvation Army building and this work will be on two-way lights. 

  • February 24 – March 7. High Street between number 211 and Lambs Lane. The High Street will remain open but there will be a closure at the junction between the High Street and Lambs Lane. 

  • March 8 – March 30. Rampton Road at the Oakington Road roundabout. The roundabout will be closed with access maintained for residents (but no through road). 

  • March 31– April 6. High Street at Histon Road roundabout. There will be two-way lights on the Histon Road/High Street mini roundabout. The work taking place on the High Street leading to Rampton Road and will require this small section from the mini roundabout towards Rampton Road to be closed for seven days to through traffic, access to properties will be maintained.