Planning ahead for major drainage work in Glastonbury

Important work to help reduce the risk of flooding in Glastonbury is being planned to take place this autumn.

The drainage system which services Chilkwell Street, Coursing Batch and Bere Lane is showing the early signs of deterioration, with several sections broken or blocked. This limits the capacity of the system which increases the risk of surface water flooding.

The area has been subject to a number of temporary repairs in recent years but it is clear that larger scale repairs are now required.

Some of the old pipe will be replaced, while others will be descaled using specialist equipment to remove the build-up in the pipe and restore it to full capacity. A number of chambers and covers will also be repaired or replaced.

Due to the need for deep excavations in the highway, it will be necessary to fully close the road 24/7 to keep road users and workers safe.

This is being planned to take place in the October half-term holidays (21-29 October) when roads are quieter and to avoid impacting on school transport.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We know there’s a problem with the drainage in Glastonbury and we know proper large-scale repairs are needed.

“There’s never a perfect time to do this, but we’ve tried to avoid busy times and local events, and we’ve planned for the works to take place at half-term to prevent issues on the school run.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum but if you have any concerns, please do get in touch with us asap so we can factor this into our planning.”

Access to homes and businesses along the closed stretch of road will be maintained throughout, but if you have any particular requests or to discuss further please call 0300 123 2224 or email

A suggested diversion route suitable for all vehicles can be found at or will be clearly signposted on site. As with any road closure, drivers are free to find their own alternatives.

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