More than a mile of burst-prone water mains originally laid around the time of the Second World War in Teynham are set to be replaced from Monday.

South East Water displayed its plans to lay new pipes in Lower Road and the A2 at a public information evening held in the village hall on Tuesday, 30 July.

Following recent investigation work on the old pipes in A2 London Road, water workers will begin replacing the burst-prone pipes in Lower Road on Monday, 5 August before starting work on the A2 in early 2020.

Lower Road will be closed in phases for safety reasons until mid-December, with a diversion route in place approved by Kent Highways.

Chris Love, Delivery Manager at South East Water, said: “The old water mains are around 70 to 80 years old and have burst more than 25 times in the last decade so we’re replacing them with flexible plastic pipes.

“We understand this work will be inconvenient at times but know that the long-term benefits of improving the local water supply will outweigh any short-term disruption.

“I would encourage local residents and road users to visit corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/Teynham for more information and updates as our plans progress.”

South East Water has spent £424 million over the past five years to improve its water supply network with an additional £472 million planned from 2020 to 2025.

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