Anglian Water are about to commence on a £300,000 project to replace the 1km of cast iron water pipes in Bancroft Road, Church Street, High Street, Rockingham Road and School Lane, which are at the end of their useful life.
They say there have been several pipe bursts in the village in recent years causing low pressures and supply interruptions, and that this vital investment will significantly reduce the risk of future problems.
Anglian Water intend to use three different methods to lay the pipes, which aim to minimise the amount of digging and disruption to customers, as well as reducing their carbon footprint:
- Slip lining (Rockingham Road and High Street) – where two pits are dug and the new pipe is slipped through inside the old one
- Pipe bursting (Bancroft Road) – similar to sliplining but, when the old pipe is slipped inside the new one, it splits the old pipe open
- Open cut (Church Street and School Lane) – where a trench is dug down the edge of the road to lay the new pipe.
The work is due to start on 8 January and is expected for completion by March / April 2018. There will inevitably be some road closures and temporary traffic lights during the works. The first phase will be in Rockingham Road, taking place from approximately 8 January to 16 February.
More information about the estimated timings, traffic management and pipe laying methods can be found in the attached leaflet.
If you have any queries about the scheme, please contact Anglian Water on 01733 414286, quoting reference WAT-06645.