Carbis Bay sewerage
The liner being inserted into the sewer in Carbis Bay

A major scheme to upgrade sections of sewer in Carbis Bay to improve the service to residents and businesses has now been completed, three weeks ahead of schedule.

On Friday, February 28, the sewer upgrade finished and the temporary two-way traffic lights on St Ives Road and Longstone Hill were removed. These lights were originally planned to be in place until Friday, March 20.

The project, which began in November 2019, involved upgrading sections of sewer along St Ives Road and Longstone Hill by relining the existing pipe with four layers of recycled, environmentally friendly felt, totalling 15mm in thickness and impregnated with resin.

Preparatory work carried out in November and December provided more detailed surveys of the sewers than had previously been available, which determined that some sections that were originally planned to be upgraded were not in a condition that required renewal or relining.

Using this new knowledge — and following feedback from residents – South West Water focused on relining only the most essential sections of sewer. This reduced the period of disruption for residents and businesses, requiring shorter road closures than originally planned.

The first section of sewer required a road closure on St Ives Road of approximately 350 metres. The closure was expected to be in place from Monday, January 6, to Thursday, February 13, but it was completed on Friday, January 31 — almost two weeks ahead of schedule, allowing the second section to begin earlier than planned.

Victoria Hutchins, South West Water’s project manager, said: “We are delighted to complete these essential sewer upgrades three weeks earlier than originally planned.

“While it was essential we carried out this work, we fully appreciate the inconvenience it caused, and we would like to thank the residents of Carbis Bay for their patience during this work.”