A £1.4 million scheme to secure water supplies in Alton was discussed with locals at a drop-in session held last week (Thursday 5 January).
Residents spoke to the South East Water project team at a session held at The Butts Primary School and asked questions about traffic management, access to properties and the route of the new pipeline.
Work on the project will start on Monday 23 January and will see three kilometres of pipe laid across A339 Whitedown Lane, around The Butts and along Butts Road and A339 Selborne Road before continuing in private fields.
Forming part of the company’s £424 million investment programme between 2015 and 2020, the new pipeline will ensure South East Water can continue to maintain water pressure to the town and also secure water supplies in Alton for the future by providing more flexibility in moving water around the network of underground pipes.
South East Water Project Manager, Stephen Bundock, said: “I would like to thank those who attended the drop-in session and provided us with information that we can use before we start the scheme. It was good to speak to members of the Alton community and explain the need for us to lay the new pipe here.
“To minimise disruption to local residents and motorists during the scheme, temporary traffic lights will be in place and we will be working in short sections which means we will only have lights along a small section of the road at a time while we lay the new pipe and fully re-open this section of road before we move to the next section. In addition we will need to temporarily close The Butts.
“We know roadworks can be frustrating to motorists and the local community which is why we have been working hard to minimise disruption and will have traffic lights in operation during the project. Our number one priority is keeping the public and our workforce safe and this is the only way we can do this.”
Stephen added: “Regular updates on the scheme and the progress we are making will be available on our dedicated project webpage.”
Access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.
The highways section of the project is expected to take around 28 weeks to complete before work takes place within private fields.
Regular updates on the scheme can be found at www.southeastwater.co.uk/alton.