We are investing £513,000 project, to lay 1.6 kilometres of new water main along Fernhill Road, Hawley.
Why are we doing this?
We have projected that with a growing population the demand for water will increase over the coming years. The new pipeline will help us to move more water from our supply sites in the North of the region to areas where it is needed the most, helping us to supply top quality drinking water to people now and in the future.
Where will the work be taking place?
Construction will start at the junction with Mayfield Road and move North to just past Hawley Place School.
When will construction start and finish?
Work began on 20th May and we expect it to take nine months to complete.
How is the work progressing?
Construction has progressed a lot quicker than we had initially planned. As a result we anticipate that construction will complete and the road closure lifted on Sunday 1st December.
We are currently in the final stage of work which involves testing the new pipeline. Once this is complete we will connect the new water main up to the existing network, we hope to do this between Friday 29th November and Sunday 1st December.
Temporary traffic lights will also be in operation during this period at the Sandy Lane/Chapel Lane junction with Fernhill Road.
Why is the work taking so long?
Using traditional trenching techniques we lay approximately 50 metres of pipeline a week. Taking into account the length of the new main our programme has been planned within a realistic timeframe.
The M3 bridge crossing is particularly difficult as we have to lay the pipe in existing ducts within the bridge structure that are protected by concrete covers. We will also have to remove the existing water main within the bridge to allow enough room for the new main.
Why do you have to close the roads?
Due to the physical constraints of the roadway, the significant number of existing utilities within the road and the minimum widths required to protect our workforce and the public it is necessary to implement road closures. The road shall be closed in 50 to100-metre sections to through traffic but pedestrians and cycle access shall be maintained through the road closure.
We will be working closely with Hampshire County Council highways department to monitor the diversion routes and road signs.
We appreciate that road closures and temporary traffic lights can be a nuisance, but in the long term this scheme will bring huge benefits to the area by keeping tap water flowing for years to come
How will I access my house?
We will work closely with local residents to maintain access to their properties. During the road closures this may mean that you have to access your house from one side of the closure or the other and, at times, bear with us while we put plates down for you to access your home.
What about the shops and businesses?
All businesses will be open as usual on Fernhill Road.
Once work begins we will be putting regular updates on this page.
Find out more
Timetable of work
Maps and diversion routes