Trimpley Reservoirs & Waterworks

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Trimpley Reservoir can be seen to the west of the line between Bewdley and Arley. The reservoir, which is managed by Severn Trent Water, was opened in 1968 and covers 29 acres. It is mostly around 3ft deep, although around 40ft deep near the valve tower in the main reservoir. A settling pool is located to the south of the main reservoir and a little below it.

The Pumping station was opened on 5 May 1967 by Ralph Yates, Chairman of the Birmingham Water Committee. A short clip of the ATV Midlands News item, with a background image of a train on the SVRSevern Valley Railway branch is available to watch on Media Archive for Central England.

Water taken from the River Severn is stored in the reservoir, and at times of peak demand is used to supplement the supply from the Elan Valley Aqueduct. The treatment plant is located on the opposite side of the line with water carried by the Trimpley Pipe Bridge.

The reservoir is open to the public. It is used by the Trimpley Sailing Club, while other activities include angling, wildlife watching and walking. A public footpath between the reservoir and Eymore Wood crosses the SVRSevern Valley Railway via a gated foot crossing.

In May 2007 the SVRSevern Valley Railway delivered 50 new water pipes for Severn Trent Water's scheme to improve water supplies in south Shropshire with the Trimpley to Hollywaste rural supply main.[1]

Construction of the reservoir began in 1964 and the November 1964 BRBritish Rail or British Railways list of temporary speed restrictions and engineering works mentions a temporary level crossing for contractor's plant on the site of the waterworks at 140m 5ch between 7:30am and 5:30pm each day.

See also

From The Window


  1. Shropshire Star, 23 May 2007 (Retrieved 29 August 2021)


Trimpley Reservoir on Severn Trent Water
Trimpley Sailing Club