A TWO-million pound investment is being made to improve the wastewater network.

Over the next few months, Welsh Water will be investing that sum of money to lay a new sewer pipe down to improve the network for customers living in Bretton and Saltney.

The project will see nearly 2km of new sewer laid in fields between Broughton Mills Road in Bretton and Sandy Lane in Saltney crossing under Chester Road (A5104). 

The not-for-profit company will be using state of the art drilling technology to tunnel underneath the road to lay the new pipe to avoid disruption to traffic.

Work started on site in April and is set to be completed by the end of November. Most of the work will be carried out in fields using various methods to lay the pipe to minimise disruption to local residents and motorists.

The work will not affect wastewater services to customers.

Welsh Water’s Delivery Manager Darren Hiscox said: “Our major investment in Bretton and Saltney reflects our commitment to reinvest profits directly for the benefit of our customers to provide them with a sewerage system that they can trust in as well as protecting the local environment.

"Our team has worked hard to design and carry out this work with minimal impact on residents and the local community. The new sewer will cross underneath Chester Road.

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PIC: The area where work will be taking place Picture by Google Streetview.

"As one of the major traffic routes in the area we didn’t want to cause disruption and traffic problems for motorists. As a result, we are using a pioneering drilling machine which will allow us to drill under the road and pull a new pipe through without any disruption to the road.

"Customers will see us working in the fields next to the road from now until the end of November. Although this work will not cause disruption, we would like to thank local residents for bearing with us while we carry out this essential work.”

The work will be carried out by contractors Morgan Sindall on behalf of Welsh Water. The scheme forms part of the £1.8 billion investment being made by Welsh Water between 2020 and 2025 to improve services to customers and protect the environment.