A249 water main upgrade postponed

Work to upgrade a water pipeline on the A249, Sittingbourne Road has been postponed.

South East Water needs to install a 730 metre long section in the area to prevent future bursts and ensure supplies of top quality drinking water.

The work was due to start on Monday, 13th January, but has now been put back while the Company continues to work with Kent Highways and the Highways Agency to consider traffic management measures.

Traffic control will be needed while this essential work is carried out to ensure the safety of the public and the contractor at the site.

Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “We do need to carry out this upgrade and we hope we will be able to get under way as soon as possible.

“Once installed, the new 730 metre long section of pipeline will mean there are fewer bursts along the road, ending the pain caused to motorists when urgent unplanned repairs are undertaken.”

Chris continued: “We are aware the A249 is a busy road and therefore we need to ensure both motorists and people working for our contractor are safe while this work takes place.
“I would like to apologise to motorists and the local community for any inconvenience this essential work will cause and thank them in advance for their patience and co-operation.”