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Offshore ground investigation starts in Blackpool

United Utilities (UU) has announced that Blackpool will soon have a new beach front attraction when it starts work on ground investigation for a new sewer system.

The the pontoon-mounted drilling rig will be set up offshore to allow ground investigation contractor Fugro Seacore to test the ground conditions of the sea bed and the data will help it plan construction of parts of a new sewer network.

The pontoon will be in place mid-July and will be visible from the promenade at the Blackpool mirror ball for about three weeks before it moves up towards Anchorsholme Park in August for a further two months. At each location a small section of beach will temporarily be closed whilst the pontoon is on site.

The work is part of a five-year sewer improvement project is set to start next year. UU has already invested more than £200M to the north of Blackpool along the Fylde Coast in the last two years.

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