Yorkshire Water investing £1.8m to build new Colton pumping station

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Network and infrastructure


Yorkshire Water is upgrading its sewer network in Colton near York with the construction of £1.8m pumping station on the outskirts of the village, which will benefit both Colton and Bilbrough.

Alongside the new pumping station, work will be carried out to expand parts of the existing network, which will include replacing a section of the sewer network in the village.

Yorkshire Water’s construction partner Mott MacDonald Bentley will be undertaking the work, starting on 13 September with the project expected to last until April 2022.

Sarah Pritchett, project manager Yorkshire Water, said: “This is a substantial investment in Colton and one that will deliver long-term improvements for our customers in Colton and Bilbrough.

“The new pumping station will also benefit the local environment and we will be working hard to reduce disruption to a minimum while the construction is underway.”

Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty said: “This new pumping station is a major investment by Yorkshire Water and is very welcome. The new pumping station has been designed to increase the capacity of the drainage system serving Colton and Bilbrough.

“Now that planning approval has been granted and site secured the building work will be started.”

The upsizing of the sewer in Main Street, Colton is expected to begin on 27 September, with this phase of work due to take 12 weeks to complete. The work will take place from the new sewage pumping station to the junction of Old Lane Court.

Following consultation with the local authority highways team and to allow the work to be carried out safely, a road closure will be in place throughout the work. As sections of the sewer pipe are completed, roads will be reinstated and reopened. A signed diversion route will be in place. 

This project is the first phase of work in the area with further investigations underway. The outcome of these investigations will allow Yorkshire Water to implement further sewer network improvements in the future.