Giant water pipe heading to Bridlington from Norway

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The longest coastal pipe of its kind is coming to Bridlington as part of a £40 million project to improve the town’s storm water system.

The 1160-metre pipe, built in Norway, will be towed across the North Sea next month and installed at South Beach.

Specialist marine contractors ABCO Marine and current contractors Morgan Sindall Grontmij will undertake the work, which forms part of the Yorkshire Water ‘Coast to Boast About’ bathing water improvement project.

Currently the enormous pipe is floating in a fjord before being brought to South Bay.

ABCO needs to excavate a trench at South Beach which will connect to the new pumping station on the promenade.

Project manager Nicola McDermott comments: “We’re excited that Bridlington’s new coastal pipe is nearly ready to be installed.

“People may notice boats and a floating platform in and around the south beach over the next few months, similar to those we used last summer to assess the geology of the sea bed last summer.

“While ABCO will be working on a section of the beach, the vast majority will remain open throughout and we’d encourage locals and visitors to continue to enjoy the great facilities it offers this summer.

“Ultimately our work will play a big part in ensuring that people can enjoy even better quality bathing waters in the future.

“To celebrate this work we’ll be hosting an event on Bridlington’s beach jointly with other organisations. We’ll be advertising this very soon.”

Yorkshire Water is working in partnership with the Environment Agency, local councils and Welcome to Yorkshire. Morgan Sindall Grontmij has been working in Bridlington on Yorkshire Water’s behalf since October to construct an underground storm water transfer tunnel and pumping station.

l To find out more about the project, visit the public information centre located at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Hilderthorpe Road.

Alternatively call 0844 848 1099 or visit the website at www.yorkshirewater.com/bridlington.