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Work begins on Corbridge flood defence scheme following Storm Desmond

Northumberland County Council has started work on new flood prevention measures for Corbridge after the impact of Storm Desmond.

Corbridge in December 2015

The council will be upgrading the surface water drainage system in and around Station Road and Tinklers Bank, where many houses were severely affected by flooding during Storm Desmond in December 2015.

A new highway drainage system will be built along Station Road and a new outfall will run through Tynedale Rugby Club, replacing the existing culvert which was badly damaged during Storm Desmond.

The works have been made possible by Tynedale Rugby Club allowing the council to take a new 1200mm pipe through the length of Tynedale Park with a new outfall into the River Tyne at the east end of the ground.

The work, which is expected to take up to four months, will mean some disruption to rugby, junior football and tennis activities at Tynedale Park.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for Local Services with the County Council, said:

“We’re delighted work can now get underway on this vital scheme for the people of Corbridge.

“We’ve been working tirelessly since the severe weather last winter to clean-up and repair roads and infrastructure both in Corbridge and the wider area and this major piece of work will help protect the town in the future.

“We will be working closely with the ground staff at Tynedale Park to try and minimise disruption to sporting activities as much as possible but there will inevitably be some disruption during a construction project of this scale.”

– Cllr Ian Swithenbank

Neil Foster, chief executive at Tynedale Rugby Club, said:

“The Club was badly affected by flooding last year but that seems insignificant compared to the impact on local residents, many of whom were evacuated from their homes at the height of the flood.

“Hopefully this new surface water drainage system will reduce the risk of future surface water flooding, particularly in Station Road where flooding has historically been a problem.

“Also additional works are being proposed. This will be to widen the entrance to the rugby club to improve traffic flow and road safety in what can be a very congested area during peak times for trains and activity at Tynedale Park. However, this will require a planning application which will most likely tie in with other plans initiated by the club to improve public car parking provision in this area of Station Road.”

– Neil Foster

The new pipe is not directly related to Environment Agency flood defences along the river but is being undertaken by Northumberland County Council with funding support from the Department for Transport, and is expected to address highway drainage issues in this area and prevent surface water from rising and posing a risk to homes in Station Road and The Stanners.

The pipe itself is expected to have a capacity of around 3500 cubic metres with a new outlet into the river at the far end minimising the risk of a backflow at times of more severe flooding.

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