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Road to be closed for essential works on £22m Cottingham and Orchard park flood scheme

Date
Tue, 16 Oct 2018
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Essential drainage works are to be carried out on a road in Eppleworth for the next stage of the £22million Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme.

New culverts – tunnels designed to carry water in times of flooding – are to be installed underneath parts of Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road, west of Cottingham, to connect a series of large flood water storage lagoons which are already under construction in the area.

The drainage work is due to begin on Monday 22 October and is expected to take nine weeks to complete.

To enable the work to be carried out safely, a section of Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road will need to be closed to all through-traffic for the duration of the scheme, with a series of diversions being put in place.

Access will be maintained for all residents and businesses in the immediate area, as well as the emergency services, with the work being carried out in four separate phases along the road.

The closure will affect a length of the road between the entrance to Hessle Golf Club, in Westfield Road, up to a location 50 metres east of the A164 on Eppleworth Road.

Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We’d like to thank motorists, residents and businesses in advance for their patience while this essential drainage work is being carried out.

“We need to close this road during this work for safety reasons because of the location and nature of the works, and because of the narrow width of the road.

“But we have planned the work in such a way that access can to be maintained for residents and businesses in that area and for the emergency services.”

The drainage work will be carried out by council contractors Esh Construction Ltd.

The Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS) is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to around 4,000 properties in the area.

The scheme is a joint venture between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council, with support from the Environment Agency. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is leading on the design, development and management of the scheme.

The project involves the construction of nine lagoons – or water storage reservoirs – along the Raywell Valley and in Orchard Park, which are designed to capture and store surface water at times of heavy rainfall to prevent it from causing floods.

When completed the whole scheme could potentially hold back up to 300,000 cubic metres of flood water, the same amount of water it would take to fill 120 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Work is continuing on the construction of eight lagoons in the Raywell Valley area, along Westfield Road and Eppleworth Road, and also a lagoon in Orchard Park, off Danepark Road in Hull.

COPFAS was developed in close consultation with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and local flood action groups.

The councils successfully secured funding for the scheme, which is made up of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) administered by the Environment Agency and Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.