New drain installed to cut flooding on busy Plymouth road
A new highway drain has been installed and another repaired on Wolseley Road, one of Plymouth’s worst flooding hotspots, to help keep it passable during periods of high rainfall.
Wolseley Road is one of the city’s busiest roads but has often suffered from surface water flooding which, at its worst, has caused the road to have to be closed on a number of occasions.
Investigations were undertaken last year by Plymouth Transport and Highways, the partnership between Plymouth City Council and Amey, to identify the causes of the flooding and work was carried out in November to repair one collapsed drain pipe and also install a new one.
Since then Wolseley Road has been closely monitored and no flood incidents relating to the highway drains have been reported, even during the severe wet weather at the end of November and December.
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Council Leader and local ward councillor Tudor Evans said: “I’m very pleased to see that the problem of repeated flooding on this very busy road has been addressed so successfully. It’s impossible to guarantee any location will never flood again as this is dependent on so many factors, but we are committed to improving Plymouth’s road network so it is as resilient as possible, even during severe weather.”
Work has also been carried out at other flood hotspots including Bretonside Bus Station, where a larger pipe was installed to increase drainage capacity and prevent a pedestrian walkway from flooding. And the Council, South West Water and the Environment Agency recently agreed in principle to bring forward construction of a flood defence scheme for Colebrook, with a view to starting between October and December this year (subject to approval from the Environment Agency).
The Council has agreed funding to continue investigations into causes of flooding on the road network through the 2013/14 financial year. Necessary works will be carried out as part of wider road improvements wherever possible.
Plymouth Transport and Highways has an ongoing programme of gully clearance around the city throughout the year. From April to December 2012 the gully cart checked and cleared more than 9,200 drains – almost 25 per cent of all gullies in the city.