Cuckoo Trail is open again - sewer works finished

THE POPULAR Cuckoo Trail has re-opened after urgent work to replace a section of sewer finished in time for the school holidays.

Southern Water closed the Old Loom Mill section of the Cuckoo Trail at Polegate, East Sussex, in November so its contractor Clancy Docwra could replace a 1.5km section of sewer which had suffered a number of bursts.

Despite freezing weather and two separate falls of heavy snow last winter, the emergency work continued to complete the installation of the new section of sewer with the aim of getting the Trail re-opened in time for the summer when this popular route has many visitors

Keith Jeffery, Southern Water’s Project Manager for the sewer replacement said: “We have addressed the problems experienced in this area by undertaking significant works to help reduce the risk of sewage leaks in the future.

“During our work we identified very early on the need to balance engineering challenges with the needs of the public.”

Mr Jeffery added: “I would like to thank the users of this popular trail for being so patient and understanding while this work was being carried out.

“We knew this was a very popular route for both leisure users as well as commuting cyclists so getting this work done quickly with minimal disruption has been our top priority.”

Businesses and cark parks in the surrounding areas have remained open while this essential work was being undertaken.

The work was carried out by Clancy Docwra contractors working on behalf of Southern Water.