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Super pump saves UK economy estimated £500,000

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Staff writer ▼ | October 29, 2015
A new high volume pump that was used for the first time earlier this month to tackle flooding on the A1 is estimated to have saved the North East region’s economy half a million pounds.
Super pump
New technology   The flooding would have cost the economy 587,000 pounds
Contractors for Highways England, A-one+, pumped approximately 2.5 million litres of water, the equivalent to an Olympic sized swimming pool, from the A1 at Catterick on Wednesday 7 October into the River Swale.

It is estimated the flooding would have cost the economy £587,000 more in time and delays if standard pumps had been used.

But thanks to the high volume pump, which is quicker and safer to deploy and is capable of pumping larger amounts of water, the road – which was closed in both directions – was cleared in less than ten hours.

In 2012, the northbound A1 at Catterick was closed for just over two days after heavy rain overnight flooded the road and left it impassable.

Highways England is the only authority apart from the fire service to own a high volume pump of this type.

Located at Bradbury, the pump has to be operated by a specially trained team. It can be set up in less than an hour to clear thousands of litres of water from flooded areas and can be deployed by Highways England anywhere in the UK in the event of severe flooding.