Residents of Staplecross are reaping the benefits of a new water main after South East Water completed a project to install four kilometres of new pipeline between Staplecross and Clayhill, eight months ahead of schedule.

Expected to take 16 months to lay, the water company worked extremely hard and safely throughout the summer and autumn to install the pipeline.

The closure of the B2165 was lifted on Friday 30 October following completion of the project.

The old pipeline had come to the end of its working life and needed replacing due to the high number of bursts that occurred causing low pressure and no water for local residents and businesses.

Jeremy Dufour, South East Water Project Manager said: “We are really pleased to have completed this project far quicker than anticipated.

“Our teams worked very hard over the summer and into the autumn to complete the work, making sure that the old, unreliable main would not cause any interruptions over the winter.

“We’d like to thank motorists and the local community for their patience and understanding while we completed the work.”

The project formed part of the company’s £433 million investment and improvement programme between 2020 and 2025.

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