Press release

Stockton flood alleviation scheme progresses

Environment Agency continues work to reduce the risk of flooding from Lustrum Beck

Environment Agency work to reduce the risk of flooding from Lustrum Beck in Stockton is progressing.

A new flood wall along the beck at Bedford Street, which started in May, is almost complete, while the new lifting screen at the culvert at Primrose Hill is now operational.

Work is progressing ahead of schedule on the improved and raised embankment in the Newtown area, and construction has just begun on a flood wall along Duddon Walk. All the work is expected to be complete in September.

The Environment Agency is working closely with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, which is replacing Londonderry Bridge to allow the beck to flow more freely. It’s expected the new bridge will be ready to open in winter 2016/17.

The Lustrum Beck food alleviation scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to over 150 homes.

The Environment Agency’s Ted Thomas, Project Manager, said:

Work is progressing well on the Lustrum Beck scheme, with the new screen at Primrose Hill now operational and the flood wall at Bedford Street nearly complete.

Work on the embankment at Newtown is well underway, and construction of a new flood wall at Duddon Walk has started ahead of schedule, so we’re hopeful much of the project will be complete by September.

This will all tie in with the previously completed flood wall at Bishopton Road, and the replacement of Londonderry Bridge, which the council is currently working on and which should be complete in the winter.

This overall scheme will bring long-term sustainable benefits to the community by significantly reducing the risk of flooding to over 150 homes and businesses.

Additional work to store extra flood water in the catchment upstream of Stockton and create new habitat is likely to begin in 2017.