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Oldbury-on-Severn – Highway drainage improvement works

We are carrying out ongoing work to improve the drainage in Oldbury-on-Severn.

We are upgrading, replacing and clearing sections of the drainage systems and although we have carried out much of the work without the need for a road closure, for the safety of both the public and our workers, Church Road has been closed to all traffic since July 2019.

The road, from the Anchor Inn to Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School, was scheduled to be closed for six weeks. However, due to unforeseen circumstances relating to the location of existing utility pipes in the highway, a new drainage system had to be redesigned which has delayed progress.

In order to complete the installation of the new drainage system, Church Road will remain closed until the end of September 2019. We have notified the primary school and local residents and will do everything we can to minimise disruption. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience during these works.

A diversion will be in place, access for residents and businesses on Church Road will be maintained.

Further drainage improvement works which do not require a road closure will continue for an additional four months with the scheme expected to be complete by Christmas.

What will be doing?

Oldbury-on-Severn village was selected as one of nine sites across South Gloucestershire as part of a wider £3.35million Government funded scheme to improve drainage and flood protection systems.

Some roads in the village flood on a regular basis causing traffic disruption, damage to properties and to the highway. We have carried out comprehensive survey work which shows there are numerous defects with the drainage system.

We have already carried out a significant amount of work to improve drainage in Oldbury:

  1. Detailed surveys of existing drainage systems in the village to confirm location and their condition.
  2. A condition survey of flap valves in the village was undertaken. Works are now progressing to either replace flap valves which are missing or undertake repair works to those in a poor state.
  3. Identified improvement works to the highway drainage systems in the village.
  4. Culvert inspections.
  5. Carried out a condition survey and identified repairs to the flood prevention wall in Chapel Road.
  6. Identified and installed a number of water level gauges in the village.

Further repair and improvement work will include replacing and/or upgrading defective pipes, removing root ingress from trees and replacing defective manholes and gully covers. We will provide updates for residents as we begin work on site.

Bus services

Diversion routes will be set up for bus services impacted by any road closure. We will provide more details once the time and duration of road closures have been confirmed.

Keeping you informed

We realise these works will have a significant impact on the local community and road users. We held a drop-in session for the local community in July 2018 and continue to keep people informed through our regular project newsletter and social media channels.

You can sign up to our regular project newsletter here or you can email the project team via or call us on 01454 868000.

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