Alton - improving the water network
30 November 2016

*Update 18 May 2017
We are working closely with the local schools and college to provide any additional help they need to assist students currently studying for their GCSEs.
Four-way traffic lights will remain in place over the next few weeks to allow us to lay our new pipe along the double roundabout and along Butts Road as quickly as possible. Traffic in this area has calmed compared to yesterday.
Traffic lights will be manually controlled between 6.30am and 7.30pm to help minimise disruption. Signage to deter motorists from using residential roads as rat-run routes will also be put up today in Beechwood Road, Chawton Park Road, Bolle Road, Downsway, Kings Road and Queens Road.
Signage warning motorists to expect delays is also being put up on Butts Road, Whitedown Lane and Selborne Road. We are also continuing to carry out regular traffic counts to monitor the flow of traffic.
We would like to reassure residents and motorists that we are working extended hours to complete this section of the project as soon as possible and would like to thank them for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this work has caused.

Why are we doing this work?

To ensure our customers in Alton continue to enjoy top quality tap water, South East Water will be laying a new water main in the area.

Work on the important £1.4million scheme, approximately 3,000 metres in length, will begin on Monday 30 January 2017 and the project is expected to be completed by February 2018.

Although a section of the pipe will be laid in the road, the majority of the pipe will be laid through private fields.

Where are we working?

Work to install the new water main will take place along the A339 Selborne Road, Butts Road, The Butts and A339 Whitedown Lane before continuing in private land.

Construction works will be carried out in stages with the road being returned to its original state upon completion of one section. The working area will then move along to the next section.

As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor, we will need to use traffic management along the following roads:

Temporary lane closure along A339 Selborne Road

Temporary traffic lights on the double roundabout

Temporary traffic lights along Butts Road

 Temporary road closure along The Butts

Temporary traffic lights along A339 Whitedown Lane

However, please be assured that access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Work will take place during normal office hours however some work may also take place at weekends.

A detailed map showing expected construction dates along each section of the road can be viewed by clicking on the map below.

Map with estimated dates