A £640,000 project to upgrade a key section of Banbury’s water mains is well underway.
Thames Water engineers are on site at Milton Road for the 14-week scheme, which will see old cast iron pipes replaced with tougher and stronger plastic pipes, which are less prone to leaks and bursts.
The project is a crucial part of Thames Water’s mains replacement programme in the Thames Valley, in its ongoing effort to reduce leakage and interruptions to the water supply.
The road is closed from the junction with Barford Road to Collins Drive, with a traffic management scheme and diversions in place.
Thames Water project manager Jon Wickens said: “We’ve closed Milton Road to start work on the next phase of our mains replacement programme.
“Although we appreciate our work will cause some delays, feedback from our customers is they want to see us investing money and upgrading our ageing network of pipes to reduce leaks and bursts.
“They want reliable water supplies that are fit for the future so it’s vital we replace the old pipes.”
Due to the size of the pipe and the depth that it’s buried, it’s a complicated job for engineers and therefore needs an extended road closure.
It was decided to start the work now during the school summer holidays as there is less traffic on the roads, and would therefore cause less disruption.
Thames Water is working with local businesses which have been affected by the roadworks to try and minimise its impact, and is also in discussion with the local authority to improve the traffic management.
Several ‘business open as usual’ signs have also been strategically placed in the area of the roadworks to inform members of the public that businesses remain trading.