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Swineford - Highway drainage improvement works

We have been co-ordinating flood alleviation works in the Swineford area for the past six months, with minimal disruption to the travelling public. The works undertaken have included:

  • working with landowners of fields surrounding the village to improve and clear various ditches and rebuild existing vehicle ditch crossings
  • vegetation clearance works at Pipley Brook including the removal of a number of fallen trees which presented a flood risk
  • surveying all highway drainage systems along the A431 using CCTV equipment
  • conditioned surveys of all culverts along Pipley Brook and culverts crossing the A431. At same time we undertook major clearance works of the culverts

We are now reaching the stage where we need to work on the main route through the village, the A431 Bath Road, in order to repair and, where possible, make improvements to the existing highway drainage systems. All works on the A431 though Swineford will be carried out under temporary traffic signal control and we do not anticipate major disruption in the area.

We do not yet have a detailed programme of these works but anticipate they will begin in the summer period and take up to four weeks to complete.

Area of works map

What will be doing?

Bath Road, Swineford 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.

The road floods 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.

Repairs will include replacing and/or upgrading defective pipes, removing root ingress from trees and replacing defective manholes and gully covers.

We anticipate it will take a minimum of four weeks. We will provide updates for residents as we begin work on site.

Keeping you informed

We realise working on the road for a sustained period of time will have an impact on the local community and road users. In order to discuss the project with you in more detail and provide you with the opportunity to ask the team any questions, we are holding a drop-in event on:

  • Tuesday 5 June, Bitton Sports and Social Club from 3pm-7pm

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions about the work we are carrying out, the benefits it will bring, the temporary traffic management measures required and specifically the diversion routes for the road closures.

Further information

We will update you on the progress of the works but if you have any queries regarding this letter please email the project team FloodResilienceProject@southglos.gov.uk or call us on 01454 868000.

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