Residents of Newnham, Hook, are set to benefit from South East Water’s joint venture with Network Rail and Openreach.

On Monday, July 29, the water company began a project to lay more than one kilometre of pipe in the area to replace an ageing pipeline.

Work started in Newnham Road, which will be closed for three months due to health and safety reasons.

The water company has accepted a request from Network Rail and Openreach to carry out some work in Old School Road and Newnham Road at the same time, rather than residents having to experience another closure later in the year.

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager, said: “I know road closures and road works can be an inconvenience to residents so I’m glad to see Network Rail and Openreach will be working in the area during our project. I’m sure this news will be gratefully received by the local community.

“I’m sorry for any inconvenience this work causes but it is essential for us to protect the public, motorists and of course our workforce.”

The scheme forms part of South East Water’s £424 million investment into improving its network between 2015 and 2020.

New pipe will also be laid in Crown Lane, Tylney Lane and Ridge Lane as part of the project.

Old School Road will have temporary two-way traffic lights while Network Rail work near to the bridge. This work will take place for five days from August 19.

Jeremy continued: “We know residents will reap the rewards of this project once it is complete. We very much believe it is short-term pain for long-term gain.

“Our contractor will work as quickly and safely as possible and you can visit our website for regular updates on the project.”

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