A new pumping station has been opened by the borough mayor in North Lynn with the vow that it will protect the town for generations to come.
The Seabank Pumping Station, in Front Way, has been constructed by the King’s Lynn Drainage Board.
It lies close to the north of Lynnsport, and was opened by the mayor, David Whitby, last Friday.
The two fish-friendly pumps can move more than 1,000 litres of water per second from the Bawsey Drain into the North Lynn Drain, via a 410m long rising-main running alongside the cycle path.
The station is the first phase of a wider scheme to provide more flexibility and connectivity for water level management in this part of town, improving the overall standard of protection offered by the Board’s drainage network.
The second phase of works – to be undertaken later this year – will allow the internal drainage board to divert some excess flows from the Gaywood River to Bawsey Drain near the southern end of Riverside, helping to manage flood risk from the river.
The King’s Lynn IDB is one of five operating in the East Angian region.
The board’s chief executive Phil Camamile says: “The board and its technical support staff are very pleased to be able to commission the new Seabank Pumping Station, which will help protect those living and working in King’s Lynn today and for generations to come.
“This is a great day for Lynn, which should help the town grow sustainably and prosper in future.
“The board has a very proactive role in maintaining and developing their infrastructure to suit the needs of the town and the rest of their district; bearing in mind the low-lying area that we live in.
“The board appreciate the local residents’ patience throughout construction of this station, given the periodic disruption to the cycleway and public footpath during our works.”