More traffic woes ahead for Farnham.

But more water is on the way.

South East Water plans to install more than two kilometres of pipe in West Street, on private land, and the A31 Alton Road, a process expected to take approximately six months.

This project is part of South East Water’s £433 million investment to improve its water network between 2020 and 2025.

The company says the work is “short term pain for long term gain” and it will  workclosely with Waverley and the Surrey highway authority. 

The project will be split into three phases: Ending in Mid-June.

The first phase begins this week with pipe installation along West Street, from a point close to Old Town Mews, towards the A31 Alton Road.

A rolling road closure will be in place to protect motorists and pedestrians from the working area.

As work approaches Coxbridge Farm, the pipe will be diverted through private land towards Runwick Lane. This will be the project’s second phase and will run between late April and mid-June.

The third and final phase will involve the pipe crossing the Farnham-bound lane on A31 Alton Road. Runwick Lane will be closed for three weeks while lane closures will be in place along A31 Alton Road.

Jeremy Dufour, project manager, said:

“We know the population in the area is due to increase, so it’s essential we install this new pipe to ensure customers have a steady supply of top-quality drinking water.

“We are very sorry for any disruption this vital scheme may cause, but we’ll be working closely with residents and businesses in the area to minimise the impact as much as possible.

“We know this is an exceptionally busy area for cars and a key route into Farnham.

“West Street will be closed in short sections, meaning the closure will follow the pipe as it is installed.

“Road closures are always a last resort, but due to other utilities, the pipe needs to be laid close to the centre of the road, meaning temporary traffic lights are unsuitable.

“This project is very much short-term pain for long-term gain, and we will work very closely with both Surrey County Council and Waverley Borough Council to minimise impact to residents, motorists and businesses.”

In the Thames Water region of Waverley – Thames Water has announced taps could be turned off from July to battle droughts!


2 thoughts on “More traffic woes ahead for Farnham.”

  1. Of course the headline could be. “Farnham residents benefit from massive pipe investment” With the sub heading
    “anonymous Waverley Web editor cries over cornflakes as good news announced”

    1. Actually, we Farnham residents, though not thrilled at yet more roadwork delays, are happy to see some real investment in our water utilities.

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