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Superpipe heads to the North West

Credit: United Utilities

An enormous pipe measuring over two miles long is due to arrive off the coast of Blackpool.

It'll be installed in a huge trench under the sea to divert floodwater away, protecting homes and beaches.

It's part of a 200 million pound scheme by United Utilities to improve bathing waters.

Here are some supersize facts about the supersize pipe:

  • 3.7km (2 miles) long and 2.5 metres (more than 8 foot) in diameter

  • 20,000 tonnes in weight

  • Carries 580 concrete collars like giant cable clips which will hold the pipe down on the seabed when installed

  • 100 people involved in transportation and installation

  • Fitted with radar collars and GPS tracking to make it visible to other shipping