Work to strengthen riverside walls along Lincoln’s Foss Bank is underway, as part of the Conservative Government’s £6 million investment in the City’s flood defences. The work is expected to be completed in October, subject to water levels.
New steel piles are being driven into the riverbank upstream of Brayford Pool, reinforcing the existing defences and maintaining the area’s standard of protection. Measures are being taken to reduce the potential impact on residents, including a ‘silent piler’ to significantly lessen both noise and vibration.
The work at Foss Bank is being carried out from a pontoon in the river, reducing the need for road closures and footpath diversions. A river traffic light system is in place with staff on hand to make navigation safe for boaters.
To date, it has included the refurbishment of Stamp End Sluice and defences at Sincil Dyke next to Lincoln City Football Club, Stamp End, Dixon Street and Spa Road. Work between Dixon Street and Altham Terrace, where 500 metres of new steel piles were driven into the Witham’s riverbank, was completed last month.
This reinforced the existing defences, reducing the seepage through the bank and maintaining the area’s standard of protection against flooding. The embankment’s footpath has been reinstated after it was temporarily diverted during the work.
When complete, the entire Lincoln Defences project will have renovated more than 2 kilometers of riverside walls and 3 sluices, as well as introduced environmental improvements. It is expected to generate economic benefits valued at almost £33 million.
It is all part of a wider scheme that will maintain the existing standard of flood-risk protection for around 4,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln.
When complete, the entire Lincoln Defences project will have renovated more than two kilometers of riverside walls and three sluices, as well as introduced environmental improvements. It is expected to generate economic benefits valued at almost £33 million.
Karl said: “This funding from the Conservative Government is vital in protecting Lincoln from flooding and protecting lives, homes and businesses. Once it has been finished later this year it will further boost the local economy and give even more confidence to potential investors into the City.”