Work on "vital" £14 million mains pipeline to start in Outwood next week (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Work on "vital" £14 million mains pipeline to start in Outwood next week
11:54am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
Work is set to start next week laying a "vital" £14 million 10.5-mile mains pipeline between Outwood and Buckland.
The project laying the new strategic main between Sutton and East Surrey Water’s Outwood reservoir and Buckland pumping station, is scheduled to take about a year. The pipeline will run under two railway lines at Buckland and Salfords, and will cross beneath three A roads. The water company, based in Redhill, has described the pipeline as vital to help ensure water supplies for existing and future customers throughout its supply area.
Sutton and East Surrey Water stated: “This important project will provide greater flexibility and resilience within Sutton and East Surrey Water’s distribution network, particularly during periods of low rainfall and drought. “It will also provide extra capacity to meet expected growth in customer numbers as the local population increases.”
Mainlaying is set to begin in the Outwood area from next Monday (March 25).
Although much of the 10.5-mile pipeline will be laid across open country, the company has warned that some rural road closures and local diversions will be needed in and around Outwood in the coming months.
The first of these consecutive road closures will be needed in part of Scott’s Hill, Outwood, from next Monday.
The company said when that workphase is completed, road closures will follow in Miller’s Lane from mid-April, and Brickfield Road from early May.
A separate closure will be needed at Green Lane from Tuesday, April 2. Traffic lights will be in operation at the junction of Green Lane and Dayseys Hill from next Monday for about a week. In January, the water company sent project advisory letters to residents and businesses near the pipeline route, and it held community awareness drop-in days in Outwood, Salfords and Buckland.
The company said it will be maintaining local communication, particularly with parish councils.
Kevin Shilling, Sutton and East Surrey Water project manager, said: “We are conscious that this essential mainlaying may cause some inconvenience to those living near the route, particularly where traffic management is required.”
He said: “We will endeavour to limit such concerns in every way we can by continuing to work closely with Surrey County Council’s highways team and our project construction partners, Clancy Docwra.”
The company has a dedicated project progress page on its website: www.waterplc.com Sutton and East Surrey Water supplies water to more than 655,000 people in East Surrey and parts of West Sussex, west Kent and south London.