Newark on Trent: Waste and water improvement project

A £60m, four-year project is being led by Severn Trent Water to upgrade the sewerage system in Newark. This will have long term benefits including reducing the risk of flooding in the town.

Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on our behalf, will be agreeing the programme and sequence of works, in relation to traffic management.

Why are Severn Trent Water doing this work?

Newark town is expanding, and the many thousands of new homes are putting pressure on Severn Trent's ageing infrastructure. The existing water and sewer pipes in Newark have been serving the community for many years, but they are simply no longer able to cope with the extra demands being placed on them.

There is an increased risk of burst water pipes and, more worryingly, hundreds of properties currently at risk of sewer flooding in Newark. This is not acceptable - and Severn Trent are going to do something about it.

How are they going to do it?

Severn Trent and their contract partner, BNM Alliance, will be constructing four kilometres of new tunnelled sewers. One of these tunnels being nearly three metres in diameter. The tunnels will run beneath the town, helping to reduce the impact of the work.

Alongside the tunnelling work, they will also be upgrading over seven kilometres of the existing sewer system with new, larger pipes.

This vital work will ensure the sewer network in Newark can cope under storm conditions. Flows from the new sewers will discharge into a brand new combined foul water and surface water pumping station system at Severn Trent's Crankley Point Sewage Treatment Works.

They will also be:

  • installing 10 kilometres of new water pipes - off the highway
  • replacing nearly three kilometres of existing water pipes
  • installing new water valves across Newark.

How long is work going to take?

The work will start in October 2016, and is expected to last for up to four years. We have worked closely with Severn Trent and BNM Alliance, who will work in deliberate phases to ensure they minimise the impact and reduce the disruption caused.

How will it affect me?

Download a map [PDF] to see an outline of where work will be taking place and when.

Please note, the dates are provisional and subject to change as the work progresses.

Find out more

Severn Trent and BNM Alliance will hold a series of public exhibitions ahead of their phased work across Newark. They will write to all customers ahead of any work in their area.

You can also keep up to date as the work progresses, in the following ways:


  • email: (project team)
  • freephone 0300 303 9647 (customer liaison team)
  • Nick Wallace, Severn Trent project engineer: 07703 718367
  • Rupert Tagg, BNM Alliance project manager: 07976 794410.

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