Project updates

Update 18 October 2017

Work is progressing well at Windmill Lane and we expect to finish this section of work and have the road re-opened by Monday (23 October). We will need to return here at a later date to connect the new pipeline so we have placed protective fencing and cones with lights around our working area.

We will now be connecting the new pipeline to the existing water network at the junction of Whitedown Lane and Chawton Park Road on Monday.

For the safety of the public and our workforce, traffic lights will be in place at this junction for approximately three weeks although we hope to finish this work sooner.

Once this work has been done, we will need to return to the old section of Whitedown Lane to connect and install apparatus needed for the new pipe. We will keep you updated on this.

Update 6 October 2017

Our traffic lights along Whitedown Lane will now be in place until Tuesday while we reinstate the section of road where we have continued laying the new pipe. We will need to return here in November to complete our project.

We have now started work to lay a 70-metre section of pipeline along Windmill Lane.  While this section of road is closed, motorists should use Wilsom Road - Ashdell Road - Lower Turk Street – Turk Street and Windmill Hill to return to Windmill Lane.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience.

Update 2 October 2017

Last week we continued our work along Whitedown Lane and have now moved into the old section of Whitedown Lane, with traffic lights in place. These will be in operation until Thursday (5 October). We will need to return here in November to finish laying our pipe before connecting it to the existing network.

We will need to finish our work along Whitedown Lane before we start laying 70 metres of pipe in Windmill Lane. We now expect this section of work to start on Thursday for 18 days.

While this road closure is in place, motorists should use Wilsom Road - Ashdell Road - Lower Turk Street – Turk Street and Windmill Hill to return to Windmill Lane.
We will keep you updated on our progress here.

Update 25 September 2017

We have now finalised the diversion route for the road closure which will be in place from Monday 2 October until Friday 20 October.

The majority of this work will actually take place along a section of Windmill Lane and we will connect this section of pipe into our existing network along Caker Lane.

While this road closure is in place, motorists should use Wilsom Road - Ashdell Road - Lower Turk Street – Turk Street and Windmill Hill to return to Windmill Lane.
We will keep you updated on our progress here.

Diversion map

Update 21 September 2017

We have now laid the new main along the A339 Whitedown Lane section and have moved into the old section of Whitedown Lane where it merges into Highridge. The crew on site will be tarmacing the last section laid and expect to remove the traffic lights by next Tuesday.

The new main being laid on the old section of Whitedown Lane will be laid past the junction with Kings Road with traffic lights in place until this work is complete. We expect to be here for a couple of weeks.

When we have laid this section of pipe, we will be moving to Caker Lane to lay a 70-metre section of pipe. This work will take place between Monday 2 October and Friday 20 October.

For the safety of pedestrians, motorists and our contractor, Caker Lane will be temporarily closed while this work takes place. We are currently finalising a diversion route which will be in place during this work and will keep you updated on this page.

We will then return to the A339 Whitedown Lane to connect the new pipeline to our existing network at the junction with Chawton Park Road. Temporary traffic lights will be needed to complete the work here.

Once our connection work is completed along Whitedown Lane, we will then complete our work on the old section of Whitedown Lane at the junction with Kings Road. While this work takes place, we will need to temporarily close this section of old Whitedown Lane.

This is the only way we can keep pedestrians, motorists and our contractor safe due to the space needed for this work. However our contractor will be working extended hours to complete this work as soon as possible.

We will keep you updated on the planned dates for these final pieces of work and will keep our map updated. Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 1 September 2017

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while we continue work along Whitedown Lane.

Three-way traffic lights remain in place along Whitedown Lane and we have now laid the new pipeline past Bolle Road.

Work will continue next week.

Update 21 August 2017

We have now changed the traffic lights to two-way control along Whitedown Lane. The gang on site is currently working towards Elmwood Close.

They hope to move to the junction with Bolle Road by the end of this week.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience.

Update 15 August 2017

Traffic lights remain in place along Whitedown Lane and we are currently located between The Butts and Bolle Road.

Over the last two weeks we have laid 75 metres of pipe. We hope to change the three-way lights to two-way lights from Wednesday 23 August. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience.

Update 26 July 2017

The sewer along The Butts has now been repaired and this week we will finish laying the new pipe along this section. Once the pipe has been installed, we will start returning the area to its original condition.

We expect this reinstatement work to start at the weekend and will be finished early next week. We would like to thank local residents for their patience while this part of the scheme has taken place.

On Tuesday we expect to start work along Whitedown Lane. This is the final part of the project and we anticipate being on this section for between 10 and 12 weeks.

To keep the public and our workforce safe, temporary traffic lights will be in place.

We know roadworks are frustrating but we ask you to bear with us. We will be working as quickly as we can to complete this section of work.

Thank you to all local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and co-operation during this work.

Update 14 July 2017

The section of pipe in Windmill Hill has successfully passed a pressure test this week and one gang will remain here next week to build chambers for operational equipment needed for the new pipeline.

We are still waiting for the repair to be made to the damaged sewer along The Butts and once this has been completed, we can lay the remainder of our pipe before moving onto Whitedown Lane.

Update 7 July 2017

We are reaching the end of The Butts section of the project but the gang on site has uncovered a damaged sewer and are waiting for this to be repaired.

Once this sewer has been repaired, we will continue the remaining work along The Butts. This section of work has taken longer than expected due to the amount of other utilities in the road.

After we have completed The Butts section, we will move onto Whitedown Lane for the final phase.

We will keep you updated on our progress along The Butts and when we anticipate moving onto Whitedown Lane.

Update 6 July 2017

We have come across an unexpected amount of utilities within the road which have caused a minor delay on our programme of works to move onto Whitedown Lane, we now envisage this happening on Monday 10 July.

Our work continues through 'The Butts' in a rolling road closure  and we will be moving onto Whitedown Lane under three-way lights to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 26 June 2017

We will be mobilising site again on 26 June at ‘The Butts’ and will work through this section out onto Whitedown Lane. We envisage being in Whitedown Lane on Monday 3 July.

We will be working in a rolling road closure through ‘The Butts’ and will be utilising around 60- 80m of road at a time, so we can allow for residents only car parking.

We will be moving onto Whitedown Lane under three-way lights to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 19 June 2017

Work progressed well along Butts Road and we have removed our lights heading into Alton town centre. We will be working through the section of ‘The Butts' until Thursday 22 of June where we will demobilise and return on 26 June to allow for ‘The Victorian Cricket Match' and ‘Alton Theatre’.

We will be working in a rolling road closure through the section of ‘The Butts’ and will be utilising approx. 60- 80 metres at a time, so we can allow for residents only car parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Additional update 9 June 2017

Work along The Butts slip road is progressing well and we expect to remove our traffic lights currently in place along Butts Road on Tuesday (13 June).

As a result, all work will then be confined to The Butts as we work to lay the new pipe here.

Our original plan was to de-mobilise the site here from Friday 16 June but we will now be continuing to work in The Butts to utilise this time.

We will now start demobilising this site on Thursday 22 June and will return back to this area to complete this section on Monday 26 June.

While on this part of the project, we will be working in 60 metre sections to maintain resident only parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 7 June 2017

Work is progressing well along Butts Road and we will shortly be switching our two-way traffic lights over into the lane running North into Alton town centre. This will allow us to install our pipe into The Butts Green area.

We will be working through this section of The Butts until Friday 16 June. We will then demobilise the site for the Jane Austen commemoration events and return here on 26 June.

This section of work in The Butts will be carried out under a rolling road closure. We will be working in 60 metre sections to allow for residents only car parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 30 May 2017

Work is progressing well along Butts Road and we are now at the junction with Lincoln Green.

We hope to reduce the traffic management to two-way traffic lights along Butts Road on Thursday or Friday. This will depend on the delivery of tarmac to reinstate this section of the road.

The two-way traffic lights will be in place for the remainder of the work along this road.

We expect to move into The Butts section of the project at the end of next week.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

Update 25 May 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has laid a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road.

We have also begun laying through the double roundabout and North through Butts Road into the town centre. Although there has been adverse traffic conditions through the town, our works have progressed better than expected. We are currently laying under the Watercress Railway line and clear of double roundabouts. At the start of next week we will be moving up the road between the railway bridge and Lincoln Green under two-way lights and envisage being in this section into the following week. Our crews will continue to work extended hours to try and minimise our time in this area and achieve the target end date.

So far, 1,936 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place. We will keep you updated on our progress in the road.

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.

Update 8 May 2017

Work is continuing to progress well on our scheme to lay a new 3,000-metre section of pipeline in Alton.

From Monday (15 May) work to lay the new pipe will move along the double roundabout and into Butts Road with temporary traffic lights in place for the safety of the public and our workforce.

This work will be carried out for approximately three weeks before the site is temporarily restored in time for the town’s Jane Austen commemorative events.

In addition, we will be constructing a new slip road to access a compound in land off Selborne Road to minimise disruption along this area.

Our team on site will be working as hard as they can during this period to complete this section of work as safely and quickly as possible.

We know roadworks can be frustrating but we would like to thank local residents and motorists for their ongoing patience.

Update 28 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has laid a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road.

 In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road.

So far, 1,286 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place. We will keep you updated on our progress in the road.

Update 13 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has started laying a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road. Work has also taken place to fully construct our site compound for the project in this area.

In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road.

So far, 1,246 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place.

Update 7 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has started laying a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road. Work has also taken place to fully construct our site compound for the project in this area.

In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road. Work will continue here next week.

So far, 1186 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place.

Update 25 January 2017

Following a recent meeting with Alton Town Council, our project team met with the local highways team yesterday to discuss the scheme and how we can minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and motorists.

We are aware of a number of events later this year on land at The Butts and to minimise disruption we now plan to start our work along the section of Selborne Road and work our way back to Whitedown Lane. We will also have an additional gang on the section around The Butts to complete this sooner.

As a result, enabling works on the project will begin along Selborne Road on Monday 30 January under a lane closure before we start to lay the new pipe here moving towards Butts Road.

Residents from Beechwood Road and Ackender Road made us aware of ongoing problems with traffic at the drop-in session and we have liaised with the local highways team on this issue. We plan to put additional signage at the entrance to the road informing motorists that access to Beechwood Road and Ackender Road is for residents only.

Update 20 January 2017

Following a meeting with Alton Town Council, our project team is carrying out further work to minimise disruption for residents and motorists.
 
To limit the disruption to planned local events this Spring/Summer, we are planning to start work at the Selborne Road section of our route and work our way back to Whitedown Lane to lay the new pipe.
 
We are working closely with the local highways team to plan this and we are meeting them next week to confirm the new dates. As a result, we will not be starting work to lay the new pipe next week.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will update residents when we have a new confirmed start date for this important scheme.

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