Lane closure in place during essential water work
16 August 2016

A lane closure will be in force on the A287 when work on a £720,000 scheme to upgrade an old water pipe in Ewshot begins later this month.

South East Water will be laying a new 1.7 kilometre pipe through private land off Ewshot Lane and Tadpole Lane, Ewshot.

The existing water pipes in Ewshot Lane and Tadpole Lane are reaching the end of their operational life, and to prevent future bursts, emergency roadworks and water supply interruptions, a new water main needs to be laid.

To allow the project team to store and transport materials needed for the project, one of the two lanes on the left-hand carriageway of the A287, between the junctions of Peacocks Garden Nursery and Church Lane, Ewshot will be closed from Tuesday 30 August. This is to allow the safe manoeuvre of plant and materials and to set up a compound area as well as to lay a section of main from the bank next to the A287.

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager at South East Water said: “The safety of motorists and our workforce is our top priority when laying new mains which is why we have needed to apply for this lane closure.

“To complete this essential scheme for the local community, we need to have an area where we are able to store and transport the materials needed for the new water main.”

Once the work in private land is completed, the new pipe in Ewshot Lane will be laid, with this work expected to take one month to complete.

A clearly signed diversion route, via Naishes Lane and Beacon Hill Road, will be in place during the work and access to properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Jeremy continued: “I would like to apologise for the disruption this work will cause but hope motorists and the local community understand the long term benefits this scheme will deliver.”

The scheme forms part of the company’s £424 million investment programme taking place between 2015 and 2020.