The ‘big one’ finally arrives on Fylde coast

Steve Wong from United Utilities
Steve Wong from United Utilities
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Blackpool’s new Big One – a 2,000 tonne, one kilometre outfall pipe, has finally arrived to help improve drainage in the region.

The giant pipe, part of United Utilities’ £100m investment programme to improve Fylde coast bathing waters, was moved into a new specially-built trench off the beach near the mirrorball on Friday.

The operation took a full day, after the pipe had travelled overnight from Holyhead in Wales.

It will now take a further six weeks to fully install the new pipe, and bring it into use.

Steve Wong from United Utilities said: “It’s great to see the pipe finally here in Blackpool.

“The pipe acts as a relief valve for the town’s sewer network.

“At a kilometre long, it’s almost twice the length of the old outfall pipe.

“That means that when it does need to be deployed, the wastewater goes much further out to sea, where it gets diluted.

“That way, coastal bathing waters stay cleaner.

“It’s one part of a much bigger jigsaw puzzle to improve Blackpool’s sewer network, to support cleaner coastal waters.”