South East Water project to move into the centre of Alton this month
08 May 2017

Residents and motorists in Alton are being warned to plan ahead as work to lay a new water main moves into the centre of the town later this month.

South East Water started a £1.4 million project to lay a new 3,000-metre pipeline in private land and along Selborne Road, Butts Road, The Butts and Whitedown Lane on 30 January.

Work is progressing well and so far 1,286 metres of pipe has been laid in private land and along Selborne Road.

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 the company’s 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, South East Water will be constructing a new slip road to access a compound in land off Selborne Road to minimise disruption along this area.

Matthew Cooper, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “The safety of the public and our workforce is our number one priority when we carry out work which is why we need to have temporary traffic lights in place.

“We will be working as quickly as possible to lay the next section of pipe before the Jane Austen commemorative events take place next month. We will then return to the area at the end of June to carry on laying this section of pipe.”

Matthew continued: “We know roadworks can be frustrating but we will be working as quickly as possible to minimise inconvenience to local residents and businesses.”

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

More information on the project can be found at