WORK on a £1.2 million scheme to upgrade the sewage pumping station alongside the River Avon in Bradford on Avon is progressing well.

Wessex Water says the development project is on track for completion by the end of June.

The upgrade is needed to ensure the system can cope with existing and future demand.

The project is one of the many included in the company’s £2 billion investment programme to maintain and improve services between 2015 and 2020.

Work started in early September and is due to take nine months to complete.

Wessex Water project manager Mike Bryant confirmed that work to upgrade the treatment works at Bradford on Avon sewage pumping station is now well underway.

He said: “We are currently sinking a new wet well on site, a significant step in our work to upgrade the treatment works and ensure our system can cope with demand now and in the future.

“The project is progressing well and we are currently on target to finish in June 2018.”

There will be localised work within the pumping station and Wessex Water is using the road through Barton Farm Country Park to access the site.

All construction-related deliveries are being managed and vehicles will be escorted through the park to ensure the safety of pedestrians and dogs.

There will be an increased use of the swing bridge across the Kennet & Avon Canal during the construction period.

Mr Bryant added: “Every care is being taken to protect the canal environment, and once our work is complete we will return the area to the condition in which we found it.”