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IRIS Master Plan - Mount Murray to Newtown transmission main 15 November 2007

The Department of Transport has announced that work on the new Mount Murray to Newtown Transmission Main scheme started at the beginning of this week.

The works will de-commission and remove the existing sewage treatment plant adjacent to the Mount Murray estate off the Castletown Road, which presently requires regular attendance by Drainage Division personnel. This will be replaced with a new pump station which will pass the sewage flows through to the existing pumping station at Newtown for onward treatment at the Meary Veg Sewage Treatment Plant, Santon.

The works will be undertaken by a local civil engineering contractor; Island Drainage and Groundwork Ltd (IDG), under a contract valued at £690,000. The IDG team set up on site on Monday and the project is expected to be completed by 1st September 2008.

In addition to completing the construction of the pumping station, the contractor will be laying a pump main and gravity sewer within the south bound carriage way of the Castletown Road from the Mount Murray to the junction with Moaney Road at Newtown, and a for short length along Moaney Road. The first stage of the work will require traffic management by traffic signals, however it is hoped to avoid there use later in the Contract. This will depend on the location of existing services within the road and road users complying with the 20 mph speed restriction through the works site. Naturally, the Department will endeavour to maintain safe traffic flows whilst these works are in progress.

The Department has also appointed a local team of consultants to assist them with the progression of these works, Holmes Grace Consulting Engineers Ltd as designers and Contract Administrators; Bell Burton Associates as Quantity Surveyors; Safety Management Services as Planning Supervisors; and Burroughs Stewart Associates as Project Managers.

David Anderson MHK, Minister for Department of Transport comments,

“We were delighted to get the support from Tynwald at the October sitting for this essential scheme. It is equally pleasing that we can get going on it so quickly. Not only will it complete IRIS to the South of the Island, but it will also reduce our operating costs as removal of the existing Mount Murray sewage treatment plant will mean our sewerage teams can focus on our more efficient pumping stations.”

Contact number for residents and motorists are 487605 and 494350

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