After a sewer partially collapsed under the A38 Bristol Road in Bridgwater, Wessex Water used the latest ‘trenchless’ technology to repair the pipe without causing any inconvenience to the public.

The sewer pipe was located next to a busy road and had become corroded, the type of repair that normally requires excavation and a potentially disruptive closure or traffic lights.

Instead, the Wessex Water team completed the work in a nine-hour shift, with no digging or traffic management required thanks to the technology used.

Sewer solutions construction manager Jamie Simmonds, whose team repaired the sewer, said: “As a business we are utilising this innovative technology more frequently to avoid causing disruption to the public.

“For this job, we used mechanical, high-pressure water jetting equipment and cured in place glass fibre infused with silicate resin to make the structural repairs.

“Going forward, we want to continue using sustainable solutions to maintain and repair the sewer network, which will benefit our customers.”