Farnborough could be set for ‘absolute chaos’ on its roads next year, after South East Water announced it is to spend £750,000 laying 1.3km of new water pipelines over a nine month period.
South East Water will be laying the section of water pipeline along Fleet Road, Cove Road, West Heath Road and Prospect Road early next year.
Work on the scheme will begin on Thursday January 19 and the project is expected to take approximately 38 weeks to complete. The announcement comes just months after the company finished a scheme to lay more than 7km of new pipe from Aldershot to the Hog’s Back reservoir.
To allow South East Water’s workforce to safely install the new pipe in Farnborough, West Heath Road will be closed throughout the duration of the scheme.
Lane closures and temporary traffic lights will be used along Fleet Road, Cove Road and Prospect Road.
Stephen Bundock, project manager at South East Water, said: “This important project will allow us to improve the capacity of the local water network and ensure we can continue to meet demand for clean water in the Farnborough area.
“We know roadworks can be frustrating to motorists and the local community. The decision to close a road is not taken lightly but this is the only way we can ensure that pedestrians, motorists and our contractor are kept safe while this work takes place.”
Mr Bundock added: “Our public drop-in session will give people the chance to find out more about the scheme to ask any questions they may have.”
Local residents took to Streetlife, a social networking website that links users together based on the neighbourhood where they live, to complain about the upcoming works.
One Streetlife user said: “I tell you what it is going to cause absolute chaos the whole time it is on I go that way a lot because I live by the Snow Goose and my way anywhere is going to be disrupted for the whole time it is on.”
Others said they were ‘dreading’ the works.
Residents and businesses in Farnborough will get the chance to learn about the ‘essential’ £750,000 project to upgrade the section of old water pipe at a drop-in session next month.
Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions at the drop-in session between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday December 14 at Cove Football and Social Club, Squirrel Lane, Farnborough, GU14 8PF.
During the scheme, access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Regular updates on the scheme can be found at southeastwater.co.uk/farnborough.
The scheme forms part of the company’s £424 million investment programme taking place between 2015 and 2020.
South East Water has moved into the highest category in a report published on Wednesday November 30 by Ofwat in recognition of its efforts to improve the way it gives out information.
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