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  • Emergency sewer repairs – Percy Road, Bournemouth

    Percy Road in Boscombe will remain closed for several more weeks to enable us to carry out essential monitoring work.

    Percy Road - Bournemouth

    What’s going on?

    Emergency repairs to the inside of Bournemouth coastal interceptor sewer were completed in March – four weeks ahead of schedule – but it was not possible to re-open Percy Road as it was necessary to continue monitoring the ground to ensure it was safe to commence reinstatement works.

    We have since been carrying out that essential monitoring work on the ground and sewer system, and it is now safe to begin reinstatement ahead of planned re-opening in December.

    The road was initially closed in September 2016, with a diversion put in place via Michelgrove Road, Boscombe Cliff Road and Byron Road.

    Project manager Joe Edmunds said: “This has been a highly unusual and complex scheme and we needed to be absolutely certain the road was safe before carrying out reinstatement.

    “Residents have been incredibly patient while work has been in progress and we thank them once again for that. We apologise for any inconvenience to them and road users in the area.

    “There may be a requirement for a short road closure in spring next year to replace some utilities that cannot be reconnected at the moment.”      

    "We appreciate that Percy Road has now been closed for a considerable period of time, but we need to establish whether further works are necessary or the road can be fully reinstated and re-opened.  

    “We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by our work and thank residents and motorists for their continued patience and cooperation.”

    A bespoke solution

    To allow repairs to be carried out to the CIS, a temporary overland pipe was installed in order to maintain sewerage services.

    This pipe ran from an access point on Boscombe Chine Gardens via Boscombe Overcliff to Fisherman’s Walk near Montague Road – a dstance of around 2.4km.

    Sewerage repair work diagram

    How are you keeping people informed?

    We have written to local residents and have spoken personally to those directly affected by our working area. As work progresses we will continue to update local people.  

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by our emergency repair work. If you need to get in touch with the project team please call customer services on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, emergencies only at other times). 

    Percy Road closure map  

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