Culvert Crossing and Ditch Piping

Our culvert pipe tunnels are supplied in HDPE plastic, galvanised steel and concrete. We also provide a wide range of sizes to suit your specific requirements. Please see the different options below or get in touch today.








What is culvert pipe?

A culvert is a structure or tunnel, such as a culvert pipe that allows water to flow under various obstructions, such as roads, trails or even railways. They tend to be embedded, and surrounded by soil. Culvery can be made from pipe, reinforced concrete or other materials.


Culverts can be used as cross-drains and also to relieve ditches on the roadside, in which culvert pipes are used to drain the water, but mainly culvert drainage pipes allow for passage of water under a road at natural streams.




What is a storm culvert?

Culverts act as structures which move water from one area to another. Storm drain culverts therefore move water which can lead to flooding, such a ditches on the side of the road or waterways that might overflow and flood due to high levels of rainfall, and place it into another area.



Benefits of culverts?

  • Safely installed culvert pipes can allow the accommodation of wildlife and protect stream health.
  • Culverts can help prevent erosion.
  • Allow for the passage of fish, wildlife and other aquatic organisms.
  • If best practices are followed there is very minimal impact on the environment and the aquatic biology of the waterway.
  • When being used for forests, cross-drainage culverts can improve water quality, whilst forestry operations continue.
  • When installed correctly the integrity of the roadway can be preserved.
  • In the case of a storm drain culvert they can be used to prevent flooding.






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What do I need to know about installing ditch piping?

Ditch relief culverts are relatively straightforward to install.

However, there are a few considerations you need to make first.

For example, ditch piping is to be installed before watercourse crossings to ensure water and sediment can filter through a vegetated slope before reaching the stream.

Ditch piping also needs to be at regular intervals along the road, close enough to prevent the ditch from eroding, and below the culvert outfall.

Ditch relief culverts should be installed in areas where collected water and sediment are not discharged directly onto unstable areas or into watercourses.

If you’d like further advice on installing a culvert crossing and ditch piping, be sure to check out our blog ‘Top tips for installing a culvert pipe’.

What is the purpose of a culvert crossing?

The main purpose of a culvert crossing is to act as a drain pipe beneath the road or earth to transfer water and materials.

When used under roads and highways for a crossing of water, culvert pipes limit water flow in a controlled way – preventing flooding and minimising erosion.

Culvert pipes can also be used as bridges by placing them side by side with earth or rock covering them. These are extremely durable and can allow traffic to pass on them safely.

For more information about culvert crossing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Cotterill Civils. Either call 0121 351 3230 or email, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

Why should I buy culvert pipes from Cotterill Civils?

At Cotterill Civils, we supply an extensive range of culvert pipes that are manufactured from HDPE plastic, galvanised steel and concrete.

We can assure you that, as with all the products within our inventory, our culvert pipes are of exceptional quality and will last for many years. They’re also priced affordably – meaning you won’t need to break the bank and you’ll receive excellent value for your money.

Our culvert pipes can be used as cross drains or to provide much-needed relief for roads, either for water to drain or pass.

The team at Cotterill Civils is confident we can accommodate your needs, as we keep large stocks of culvert pipes in our yard. This means they are readily available and we can deliver them to your site whenever you need them.


How do I order culvert pipes?

Ordering culvert pipes online from Cotterill Civils couldn’t be simpler.

First of all, you need to decide between concrete, HDPE and galvanised steel culverts.

Renowned for their high strength and durability, concrete pipes are incredibly reliable. Those with larger diameters are fitted with spherical lifting anchors to aid installation and make lifting and moving easier.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic culvert pipes have an outer corrugated wall which provides structural strength, combined with a smooth inner wall to optimise hydraulic flow. They’re lightweight – making them easy to handle – and they are chemical and shock resistant, which means they’ll last a long time.

Galvanised steel culvert pipes are strong and sturdy. They offer 360-degree protection and are also fire repellent, meaning they’re safe from vandalism such as arson. They’re straightforward to install, allowing you to progress to the next stage of construction sooner.

Once you’ve determined which type of culvert pipe is best for your needs, you need to think about your ideal length and diameter.

Then, contact us to receive a free, no-obligation quote.

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