Tunnelling to start on UU's Trafford Park sewer improvement scheme
United Utilities (UU) is all set to embark on the next stage of a major sewer improvement scheme in Trafford Park, Manchester. The arrival of Gloria, a 140 tonnes tunnel boring machine (TBM), means work can get underway to create a 700m-long tunnel in around three weeks time.
Since August 2013, the site team has been working at three sites in Fraser Place and Europa Way digging shafts and chambers up to 33m deep. These shafts will all be connected by the tunnel, which will be wide enough to drive a high roof van through.
The whole system will work together to store 17,800m3 of dirty water during storm conditions. This water, which would previously overflow into the Manchester Ship Canal, will be taken away for treatment after the storm.
David Baines, UU senior project manager, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Gloria to the team. Everything we have done on site so far has been in preparation for her arrival.”
David added: “This part of Trafford was at the heart of Manchester’s industrial development. We’re working on the site of the old Westinghouse factory and later the Vickers factory where the Lancaster bomber was assembled during the war.
“Two of Manchester’s arterial Victorian sewers run through the site on the way to Davyhulme wastewater treatment works. Our project will bring these sewers up to modern standards with enough capacity to meet the demands of the growing city. It’s good news for the area and the fish and wildlife in the ship canal.”
The Trafford Park sewer scheme is one of six similar projects worth more than £90M being carried out by UU along the Salford and Eccles corridor, with the aim of improving water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal.
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