Severn Trent has announced a major milestone after switching on its new £60 million terminal pumping station at Crankley Point in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The station was constructed in partnership with BNM Alliance, a construction partnership between Barhale and North Midland Construction.

Severn Trent’s project leader, Tim Sawyer, said the pump station has been designed to be able to cope with storm water which is produced during extreme weather, meaning customers will be protected from the “horrible consequences” of sewer flooding.

Sawyer added: “The pump station has two sets of pumps, one set pumps sewage into the treatment works, and the second set are used when there’s storms to manage the storm water, preventing  flooding onto the roads or people’s homes in the town.

“We’re drawing closer to our time in Newark, and now all that’s left to do is connect everything that we’ve done together so the system can start to operate at its best.

“With the huge sewer tunnels we’ve put in, along with the pump station and the upgrades of the sewer pipes across the town, we’re confident that the worry of flooding in Newark will be a thing of the past.”

Severn Trent claims the station is helping to protect around 100 homes from sewer flooding.

The water company added that when fully complete Newark will benefit from 15 miles of new and improved water and sewer pipes, ensuring the town is protected from flooding and has a reliable water supply.

Once complete the upgrades will ensure 400 homes and businesses are protected, Severn Trent said.