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We're investing £370,000 into the water network in Cooksbridge as we replace 700 metres of old, unreliable pipe along the Cooksbridge Road (A275).

Work started on 19 July and is expected to take five months to complete.

The majority of work will take place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities during evenings and at weekends.

While we carry out the work, for the safety of pedestrians, motorists and our workforce we will be using temporary traffic lights along the A275.

Replacing this section water main will reduce the likelihood of bursts in the area and to secure the top-quality drinking water supply to residents for years to come.

We will be using both directional drilling and traditional trenching techniques to lay the new pipeline. The new water main will be installed in stages, with the road being returned to its original state when one section completes before the working area moves along to the next stage.

Directional drilling involves excavating a series of pits approximately 100 metres apart, drilling a tunnel between them and pulling the pipe through underground. This is the quickest and safest way to install the new pipe. However, if we are unable to lay the pipe in this way then we will use traditional trenching techniques.

Project updates

11 January:

Our workforce will return to site on 14 February to carry out the final section of work in Hamsey Lane. To protect motorists and pedestrians from our working area, Hamsey Lane will be closed for approximately two weeks. We are very sorry for any disruption caused and would like to thank everyone for their continued patience while we carry out this vital work.

18 October:

One section of our work in Hamsey Lane has been postponed, we will update this page with more information once work begins.

11 October:

This week we connected sections of our new main to our existing network in two locations along Cooksbridge Road.

4 October:

We installed a further 150 metres of new main last week and have now set up our three way traffic lights for the final section of new main to be installed.

27 September:

This week we installed a further 100 metres of new main. From 4 October we will have three way traffic lights installed for our final section.

21 September:

Our workforce has made good progress and has now installed 250 metres of new main and connected a further six customers to the new main.

03 September:

We will be removing the lights on A275 at Cooksbridge as of this evening.

Our construction team will then be working in the private land and before moving back into the highway on 13 September to continue main laying towards Deadman Tree Hill from just south of Cooks Bridge culvert.

To date we have laid around 180 metres of main, transferred 15 services and made three connections to the existing network.

We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience during this vital project.

23 August:

Work is progressing well and we have now installed a total of 150 metres of new water main.

16 August:

Our 100 metre section of new main closest to the level crossing has now been commissioned and is in service.

We have moved our traffic lights along Cooksbridge Road for the next section of our work.

5 August:

Construction continues to make good progress and we are currently ahead of our planned schedule.

30 July:

Following discussion with the local Highways authority we can confirm Hamsey Lane will be closed from August 12th.

26 July:

We have setup our traffic lights ahead of the level crossing and will be carrying our trial holes this week.

Trial holes help us to determine the best route for the new pipe and show us where other utilities lay in the road.

19 July:

Work due to begin along Cooksbridge Road (A275).


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