A water company has reassured council officials that it is working hard to ensure the installation of a new £80,000 pipeline in Imberhorne Lane and London Road (A22), East Grinstead will impact as little as possible on the local community.
South East Water and members from West Sussex Council met on Wednesday (15 July) to discuss the need for the work, how disruption will be minimised and traffic movements around the town.
Work to install the company’s new 230 metre long water main began on Monday (13 July) and is needed to increase the amount of water it can hold in its pipelines, raising water pressure in the town following recent developments.
Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “We have put a lot of thought into this project to ensure it will be completed as quickly and safely with as little disruption to motorists as possible.
“We have ensured we have one of our most experienced teams working on this project who are working six days a week 7am to 7pm.
“The project will take up to ten weeks to complete, but if the team was not working these longer hours the scheme would take us about four weeks longer.”
The majority of work is taking place during the school summer holidays when traffic flows around the town are traditionally lighter.
Councillor Heidi Brunsdon, from West Sussex County Council, said: “Following the meeting with representatives from South East Water and its contractor, Clancy Docwra, I am confident that they have done all they can in advance, and will continue to work with us throughout the project.
“The water company saw the impact of other recent utility works in the area and has adjusted its plans accordingly to try and ensure the work is completed as quickly and safely as possible with minimal disruption.”
Chris added: “I know road works can be inconvenient, however upgrades, like this new water pipeline, need to be done to ensure essential services, such as tap water supplies, continue to flow to homes and businesses in the town.
“When the temporary one-way system in Imberhorne Lane comes into force later this month I urge motorists, especially HGV drivers, to follow the diversion routes which will be clearly signposted.”
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