We are currently working on a major engineering project to replace an old, unreliable, water main located in the centre of Alfriston which has previously burst, causing local people to have no water or low pressure.

Work to install a new water main, approximately 600m in length, is currently taking place within the High Street from a location east of the junction between North Street and Sloe Lane to a location south of the junction between High Street and The Tye.

COVID-19 update

Water is an essential part of life and during the COVID-19 outbreak our dedicated teams of key workers are continuing to improve and maintain the network to ensure water keeps flowing to your taps 24/7.

We have put several procedures in place to ensure our planned Engineering work can go ahead both safely and efficiently.

Members of the public are always kept at a safe distance but we ask everyone takes particular care at this time to follow signs and avoid our working area. If you need to speak to us about the scheme you can contact us.

We will continue to follow Government advice and, should it be necessary, projects may be postponed to a later date. We will write to you again if this is to happen.

A range of special services are available for anyone who requires additional support through our Priority Services Register. More information can be found at https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/get-help/help-for-priority-customers/apply-for-our-priority-services-register

When did the work start?

Work started on Thursday 2 January 2020 and the project is expected to take five months to complete.

The majority of work is taking place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities at weekends and after hours.

How can we ensure this work is done with minimum disruption to you?

As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor we have closed the High Street and North Street to through traffic for the duration of the work.

However, to minimise disruption to local people, the road closures will be phased to help maintain access to the village centre with shops, restaurants and other businesses remaining open as usual.

Advanced warning signs will be in place along each section of road before it is closed.

Diversion routes around the village have been agreed in conjunction with East Sussex Highways and will be clearly signed for the duration of the work.

We are using traditional trenching techniques to install the new pipework. The new water main is being installed in stages, with the road being returned to its original state when one section completes before the working area moves along to the next stage.

There may be a short interruption to the water supply during this scheme as we connect our new pipe to the existing network but we will write to customers at least 48 hours in advance if this is going to happen.

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Scheme updates:

Friday 1 May

Work to complete a scheme to replace an old, unreliable water main has finished four weeks early.

We worked alongside Alfriston Parish Council and East Sussex Highways to carefully plan the scheme to ensure the work would be completed safely and efficiently.

East Sussex Highways Traffic and Network Manager, Trevor Merchant, said: “I would like to thank South East Water and everyone involved in the completion of this major scheme.

“When I first heard about the project I knew the challenges we and the company would face but it has handled it superbly and is a fantastic job well done.

“I would also like to add the level of cooperation between South East Water and East Sussex Highways in coordinating this project has been outstanding.”

Monday 27 April

We have now completed all mainlaying and service transfers to the new main. We will be using the rest of this week to backfill and reinstate the carriageway and will be looking to lift the road closure by the end of the day this Friday.

Next week we will remove our compound and complete all reinstatement. 

Monday 20 April

Last week we were able to excavate for 40 metres of main between Weavers Lane and The Tye. We were also able to excavate and lay 10 metres of new main from High St and up into Weavers Lane.

This week we will be looking to lay, pressure test and chlorinate the 40m section of pipework up to The Tye and start preparing for connection to the existing pipe.

Tuesday 14 April

We have completed the reinstatement on the footpaths and roads between Star Lane and Weavers Lane.

We have started phase four of the works which will involve the closure of Weavers Lane. This means that there will be no access to Alfriston from Seaford and residents and commuters will need to access from the north.

Monday 6 April

We have transferred 14 customer services to the new pipe which brings us up to the Weavers Lane junction on transfers.

We have completed reinstatement on the Twitten which was returned to pedestrian access on 1 April.

From Tuesday 14 April we will be starting on Phase four of the works which will involve the closure of Weavers Lane. This means that there will be no access to Alfriston from Seaford and residents and commuters will need to access from the north.

Monday 30 March

Last week we laid another 104 metres of main pipework. We also tested and chlorinated the new section of pipe in The Twitten and transferred five services to this.

Chlorine is a key part of keeping the supplies safe on the long journey from our water treatment works to customers’ taps. It is a legal requirement we add chlorine and it is perfectly safe.

This week we are looking to test and chlorinate the new section of pipework laid and connect more properties and businesses to the new pipe. We will also be reinstating the sections where work has been completed.

Monday 23 March - COVID-19 update

Water is an essential part of life and during the COVID-19 outbreak our dedicated teams of key workers are continuing to improve and maintain the network to ensure water keeps flowing to your taps 24/7.

We have put several procedures in place to ensure our planned Engineering work can go ahead both safely and efficiently.

Members of the public are always kept at a safe distance but we ask everyone takes particular care at this time to follow signs and avoid our working area. If you need to speak to us about the scheme you can contact us.

We will continue to follow Government advice and, should it be necessary, projects may be postponed to a later date. We will write to you again if this is to happen.

A range of special services are available for anyone who requires additional support through our Priority Services Register. More information can be found at https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/get-help/help-for-priority-customers/apply-for-our-priority-services-register

Monday 16 March 

Last week work resumed after the poor weather conditions. We have completed all concrete backfill and tarmac reinstatement up to The Twitten.

Star Lane is now open for vehicles as we have moved the fencing to just before The Twitten and up to Weavers Lane.

We have excavated a further 30 metres of trench ready for new pipework.

We are also preparing for the directional drilling of the main along The Twitten alleyway to be undertaken this Thursday.

Monday 9 March

Due to bad weather last week we didn’t get as far as we had hoped but we are still on track to complete the works by the end of May.

This week we will be ensuring all fencing is secure after the weather. We will then move forward with the reinstatement to be able to move the hard closure to the south of Star Lane to continue progress with the main laying.

We also transferred 18 customer services and under took a connection to the network at Star Lane.

Monday 2 March

We have now laid 250 metres of pipework and have tested and chlorinated the new main.

This week we will continuing with trial holes and excavations for the next section of mainlaying and undertaking a connection to our existing network at Star Lane. We will also be looking to connect services to the new pipe.

Monday 24 February 

We have laid 150 metres of main so far and last week we undertook trial holes and excavating ready for the next section of mainlaying.

Monday 17 February 

We have laid all pipework between Waterloo Square and River Lane. Last week we connected properties to the network at West Street and River Lane.

This week we will be laying the water main between River Lane and Star Lane. The road closure will now be between Star Lane and Weavers Lane meaning there will be no access to the village from Weavers lane.

Waterloo Square is fully open up to River Lane which means there is access from North Street to the square.

Good luck to all the participants in the pancake race at the weekend!

Monday 10 February

We are progressing well with phase 2 of the project in Waterloo Square. We tested and chlorinated the pipework laid up to River Lane last week and transferred another 10 customers to the new main.

Monday 3 February

We have laid 150 metres of the new pipe so far. The road closure has moved up to Waterloo Square and there is no access to through traffic in the village.

Monday 28 January

From 3 February we will be starting on phase 2. This includes laying pipework between North Street, West Street and Star Lane. It was hoped that this could be done while keeping a section of the roads open for access, but due to the location of the new main and the limited road width for vehicles, we will need a full closure.

This will see hard closures put in place at West Street, the south end of North Street, and just north of Star Lane.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but it is essential to keep the public and our workforce safe during the works.

Monday 20 January - Sunday 26 January

We have laid, tested and chlorinated up to 105 metres of the new pipework. We have also transferred a total of 18 properties to the new water main.

Monday 13 January - Sunday 19 January

We have laid 60 metres of the new water main and excavated from The Willows, past Sloe Lane and along North Street towards the village. We have dug further trial holes to confirm the route alignment we need to take.

Monday 6 January – Sunday 12 January

We have started excavating for our new water main this week. We also have dug a number of trial holes to confirm the location of other utilities in the ground and to confirm the route of the new water main. We also undertook a connection to the existing network so we can connect the new pipework to this once laid and tested.

We have dug past Sloe Lane and are now digging along North Street towards the village in preparation for mainlaying next week.

Monday 30 December – Sunday 5 January

Site office setup at the rear of the Willows car park undertaken before Christmas. Phase 1 road closure put in place between The Willows car park and Waterloo Square from early January.

2 January 

Preparation work has started to replace the old, burst-prone water main in Alfriston, the road closure is now in effect. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work to install 600 metres of new water main will overcome problems with the old pipeline that has previously burst

 

 

 

Click here for Alfriston High Street Work Phases Plan

Click here for Alfriston Diversion Route

Our project team held a drop-in session on Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Local businesses and residents came along to find out more about the scheme and we responded to any concerns raised. 

Click here for a report about the meeting

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