The first phase of the Environment Agency’s work to improve flood defense banks at Whittlesey Washes has been completed early.
Interserve Construction Ltd. carried out work that will strengthen a 5km section of the South Barrier Bank between Ring’s End at Guyhirn and Poplar House Farm, where layers of compacted material have been placed to help prevent erosion of the banks.
Phase one of the project commenced in July 2013. It’s part of a three-year, £26m Environment Agency-led scheme to strengthen a 16km stretch of the South Barrier Bank.
Phase two of the bank improvements, between Poplar House Farm and Eldernell, and from Eldernell to Bassenhally, started last summer. While this work will be finished by November, the footpath through this patch will remain diverted until next summer.
The third phase, which started in March, will see the 3km stretch of bank between Stanground and Ball Bridge in Whittlesey strengthened.
All bank work is expected to be complete by the end of November 2015.