At last - work to ease flooding under Wymondham railway bridge expected to start in summer

Wymondham flooding

Wymondham flooding - Credit: Archant

Work to alleviate the notorious flooding under Wymondham railway bridge is expected to begin in summer.

Station Road is known for flooding during stormy weather, with firefighters often called to rescue stuck drivers.

Surveys undertaken by Norfolk County Council found that the drainage system needed to be fully replaced, and the authority now estimates that work will start in the school summer holiday.

Wymondham Town Councillor Robert Savage said that the work was 'necessary and long over-due'.

'I am advised that the drainage scheme to reduce the likelihood of future flooding is progressing with a view to constructing the works in the summer holidays.

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'This is due to the requirement for a road closure whilst the works are undertaken and is when disruption to local residents will be least.

'I hope that the scheme planning will entail keeping disruption to an absolute minimum with 24-hour working considered, without which my estimate for the duration of the works is three to four weeks, although the road may not be closed for all of that time,' he said.

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A spokesperson for Norfolk County Council said: 'To ensure the system remains unobstructed at the river, a larger diameter pipe will be used which will effectively enable the outfall level to be raised and will also provide additional storage capacity.'

They added that construction is 'expected to take place during the school summer holiday'.

Measuring boards were put in place before Christmas to give drivers a better indication of the water's depth.

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