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1969 East Road junction with Newmarket Road (probably looking east along East Road)

East Road

History of East Road

In 1966-68 major sewer works took place across the city. It was at the time, and is still probably, the biggest hand-excavated pipe jacking contract in the world. The first phase went from Grantchester Street right across the City to finish next to the River Cam near Newmarket Road. Pipejacking at the time was a new technology; this pioneering project was in the vanguard of work that became highly mechanized world-wide. (information from PS in South Africa 2020)

The article here explains the techniques used which were very innovative. The main pipe was stuck 20 feet underground.

East Road sewer page 1

East Road sewer page 2

The photo above was taken on a section of the tunnel on the south side of Parker’s Piece swimming pool. The miners shown are John Donovan (hardhat) and Bill Lougherey.

East Road sewer page 3

The photo above was taken near the corner of Newmarket Road and Elizabeth Way.

East Road sewer page 4


East Road sewer page 5



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