The long running issue of flooding in Scotland Lane, Stockwood finally been solved with the installation of a pumping station and innovative flood alleviation scheme.
Scotland Lane, which is an important local transport route, has now reopened following the completion of the six month £750k flood alleviation project. The 1.5km stretch of road, which connects Stockwood Lane to the Brislington Park & Ride site on the A4, is a route frequently used by local people and commuters.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “The community has faced this challenge for years and I’m pleased we’ve been able to solve it. For too long the people in areas like Stockwood have felt that their concerns aren’t taken seriously. We’ve made a commitment to an inclusive and better connected city and that means that the priorities of all Bristolians are important to us, wherever they live.”
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “Flooding of Scotland Lane has been a historical problem that has often forced it to close, causing long periods of disruption to local people. I’m grateful for everyone’s work to install this new drainage system and ensure that this important route between Stockwood and Brislington will now be kept open.“
Work was required to put a new submerged pumping station next to the area that floods, along with installing a large collector storage pipe and additional new gullies to help remove the excess water quickly, as well as provide additional storage capacity during times of heavy persistent rain. The new system pumps water away into a local stream, ensuring the road can remain open at all times.
James Aitken, Public Liaison Officer for Alun Griffiths, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with Bristol City Council to help solve this long standing flooding issue on Scotland Lane. The work over winter months has been challenging due to the very issues that cause the road to close and the restrictive nature of the lane.
“We have been fortunate to recruit a local civil engineering apprentice to assist with this project who is from the Knowle area of the city. Griffiths prides itself on recruiting locally where possible and inspiring the next generation of civil engineers in a city famed for engineering.”
The road is open again, however Alun Griffiths will still have a presence for some final ‘off road’ work and the commissioning of the new pumping station, with all work set to be complete by Friday 26th April.