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Report - Troon Way Storm Relief Drain (aka Buttonhole), Thurmaston, Leicester - July '15

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Punk, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Punk

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    History

    Following the Second World War, like many European cities, Leicester needed rebuilding. Being a major hub in hosiery and footwear, as well as being close to Birmingham, Coventry and Nottingham, Leicester took a battering. In the rebuilding of Leicester, improvements to the road system and more houses were made. At this time, Thurmaston was a village outside of Leicester, it is now more of a suburb.
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    Melton Road, 1961

    In the 1950’s, a ring road was proposed. It was built in the early 1960’s and called the A563, or Troon Way on the section passing between Rushey Mead and Thurmaston. During the construction of Troon Way, a storm relief drain was built beneath after flooding and the construction of Thorn Lighting (Now a Sainsbury's). This takes excess water from Melton Brook(at the Humberstone Lane/Troon Way Roundabout) to the River Soar in Watermead Park.

    It is a simple concrete design, about 1.2 miles in length with a diameter of 2.2m

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    We've been meaning to do this for 2 years, but never got round to it. After the rope weekend, we both agreed that this takes priority, and it still took 2/3 weeks for us to finally jump in.
    I wasn't expecting much with it basically being a concrete pipe. I was pleasantly surprised by it's length, at times it seemed to never end, due to there being minimal manhole points.
    Enjoyed this, glad we finally did it.

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    Cheers for Looking :thumb
     

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  2. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Cool pics mate :thumb

    Glad we finally got it done and it was more interesting than previously thought (or reported :p)
     
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    Nicely done mate :thumb

    Looks pretty decent considering it"s concrete. Is the rectangular section a stoopy one it"s hard to tell ?
     
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    Bout 4ft on the rectangular sections, but it's even stoopier at the inflow
     
  5. The Wombat

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    Nicely done guys :thumb
    not seen some of these shots before
     
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