18 October 2016
Over the next six months Thames Water will be spending £3.5m replacing water pipes in Berkshire villages in a bid to prevent future burst water pipes and reduce leaks.
The first streets to be upgraded from Monday (October 17) will be the Waltham Road B3018 and School Road in Hurst. Work on the Waltham Road will take place from its junction with Hinton Road, down to the junction with Hungerford Lane and then into Hungerford Lane as far as West End Road.
Traffic lights will be in place in both locations while the water company works its way along, with this first phase of work expected to be finished by Christmas (21 December).
Jon Wickens, the Thames Water project manager for the pipe scheme, said: “Replacing old water pipes is an essential job. If we don’t do it, then there’s a greater risk of leaky pipes and bursts, both of which could ultimately mean customers without water and travel delays because of emergency repairs.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience our work will cause, but we will be working as fast as we can to get those old, leaky pipes, replaced with new, tough, plastic ones.”
Later this year and into spring 2017 the water company plans to replace pipes in more areas around Twyford. Engineers are still planning how best to carry out the work so dates cannot yet be confirmed, but residents in affected streets will receive a letter ahead of the works starting. Roads receiving new water pipes are expected to be:
- Hungerford Lane
- Waltham Road B3024 (from Castle End Road towards Waltham St Lawrence)
- Hurst Road (from its junction with Broad Hinton moving along Broadwater Lane)
- Whistley Green: Broadwater Lane /Lodge Road
- Most of the work will take place with 2/3 way traffic lights
- In Waltham Road the team will be working Monday to Friday, 07:30-17:00, and weekend mornings
Thames Water’s programme to replace old, leaky pipes with tough new plastic ones has so far seen 1,600 miles of new pipes installed across its region – if the pipes were laid out they would stretch from Hurst all the way to Athens, Greece. The water company has reduced its leakage by a third since 2004, and this work is particularly important, as water resources in London and the South East are being put under increasing pressure from the effects of climate change and a growing population.
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