Floating barge marks start of £40 million water works in Bridlington

An artist's impression of how the barge will look from the south side of Bridlington.
An artist's impression of how the barge will look from the south side of Bridlington.

WORK is about to begin preparing the ground for a £40 million investment to improve the quality of Bridlington’s beaches.

An 18 metre floating barge will arrive at the south bay in Bridlington either this morning, or on Friday, as part of Yorkshire Water’s investment which will provide a new pumping station, a new sewer and improvements of the existing sewerage system which will improve water quality at Bridlington’s two beaches.

The barge, Seajack 2, will test the seabed and beach and will settle in the South Bay for around ten days.

A machine will be used to take samples of the sediment and rock up to 6 metres into the ground at 20 different sample locations, four of which will be on the South Beach.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said: “This investigation work is an essential part of the company’s overall improvements for Bridlington, since it will provide a technical understanding of the ground where a new coastal pipe will be built next year.

“The sample information will be used to help design the pipe so that it can be constructed in the best way possible and within the timescales required before new tighter bathing water standards come into force.”

Yorkshire Water have also moved to reassure beach lovers that south beach will remain open throughout the ground testing work, and that all necessary safety measures are in place.

Other work in the town will start in November and will include building an underground storm water tunnel and pumping station. Residents and businesses in the area will be contacted in September with more detailed information about the work and will have another opportunity to speak to Yorkshire Water staff at a further public drop-in event in the early Autumn.

The work is part of Yorkshire Water’s on-going £110 million investment that will see beaches along Yorkshire’s east coast become some of the best in Europe.

Working together with local councils, the Environment Agency, the Rural Affairs Forum and Welcome To Yorkshire, the goal is to ensure that Yorkshire’s bathing waters have the best chance of achieving the new “excellent” European Union standard due to come into force in 2015 as part of the European Revised Bathing Water Directive.

The floating barge coming to Bridlington has been used for a number of other high profile projects including the the Loughor Viaduct in South Wales and the Thames Tunnel in central London.