To ensure our customers in Alton continue to enjoy top quality tap water, South East Water will be laying a new water main in the area.

Work on the important £1.4million scheme, approximately 3,000 metres in length, will begin on Monday 30 January 2017 and the project is expected to be completed by February 2018.

Although a section of the pipe will be laid in the road, the majority of the pipe will be laid through private fields.

Where are we working?

Work to install the new water main will take place along the A339 Selborne Road, Butts Road, The Butts and A339 Whitedown Lane before continuing in private land.

Construction works will be carried out in stages with the road being returned to its original state upon completion of one section. The working area will then move along to the next section.

As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor, we will need to use traffic management along the following roads:

Temporary lane closure along A339 Selborne Road

Temporary traffic lights on the double roundabout

Temporary traffic lights along Butts Road

 Temporary road closure along The Butts

Temporary traffic lights along A339 Whitedown Lane

However, please be assured that access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Work will take place during normal office hours however some work may also take place at weekends.

A detailed map showing expected construction dates along each section of the road can be viewed by clicking on the map below.

Map with estimated dates

Scheme updates

Update 15 November 2017

Work has finished at the Windmill Lane section of our works and the road is now open. One excavation remains open at this location to enable us to connect the new main to the existing network after all of our works are complete.

We will be returning to the old section of Whitedown Lane at the junction of Kings Road today (15 November) to install and connect the apparatus needed to operate our network efficiently.

To enable our contractor to undertake this work in a safe manner, a short section of Old Whitedown Lane just north of the junction with Kings Road, will be closed to all traffic until Friday 24 November.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 6 November 2017

Work has finished at the Windmill Lane section of our works and the road is now open. One excavation remains open at this location to enable us to connect the new main to the existing network. We have therefore placed protective fencing and cones with lights around our working area.

Work to connect the new pipeline into the existing water network at the junction of Whitedown Lane and Chawton Park Road was completed on Thursday 2 November. For the safety of the public and our workforce traffic lights will be in place at this junction until Tuesday 7 November whilst we reinstate the highway and verges.

Once this work has been done, we will need to return to the old section of Whitedown Lane to connect and install apparatus needed for the new pipe. This work is due to start on Wednesday 15 November. We will keep you updated on this.


Update 27 October 2017

Work has finished at the Windmill Lane section of our works and the road is now open. One excavation remains open at this location to enable the testing procedure of the new pipe, we have therefore placed protective fencing and cones with lights around our working area.

Work to connect the new pipeline into the existing water network at the junction of Whitedown Lane and Chawton Park Road started on 23 October. For the safety of the public and our workforce traffic lights will be in place at this junction for approximately three weeks, although we hope to finish this work sooner.

Once this work has been done, we will need to return to the old section of Whitedown Lane to connect and install apparatus needed for the new pipe. We will keep you updated on this.


Update 18 October 2017

Work is progressing well at Windmill Lane and we expect to finish this section of work and have the road re-opened by Monday (23 October). We will need to return here at a later date to connect the new pipeline so we have placed protective fencing and cones with lights around our working area.

We will now be connecting the new pipeline to the existing water network at the junction of Whitedown Lane and Chawton Park Road on Monday.

For the safety of the public and our workforce, traffic lights will be in place at this junction for approximately three weeks although we hope to finish this work sooner.

Once this work has been done, we will need to return to the old section of Whitedown Lane to connect and install apparatus needed for the new pipe. We will keep you updated on this.


Update 6 October 2017

Our traffic lights along Whitedown Lane will now be in place until Tuesday while we reinstate the section of road where we have continued laying the new pipe. We will need to return here in November to complete our project.

We have now started work to lay a 70-metre section of pipeline along Windmill Lane.  While this section of road is closed, motorists should use Wilsom Road - Ashdell Road - Lower Turk Street – Turk Street and Windmill Hill to return to Windmill Lane.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience.


Update 2 October 2017

Last week we continued our work along Whitedown Lane and have now moved into the old section of Whitedown Lane, with traffic lights in place. These will be in operation until Thursday (5 October). We will need to return here in November to finish laying our pipe before connecting it to the existing network.

We will need to finish our work along Whitedown Lane before we start laying 70 metres of pipe in Windmill Lane. We now expect this section of work to start on Thursday for 18 days.

While this road closure is in place, motorists should use Wilsom Road - Ashdell Road - Lower Turk Street – Turk Street and Windmill Hill to return to Windmill Lane.
We will keep you updated on our progress here.


Update 21 September 2017

We have now laid the new main along the A339 Whitedown Lane section and have moved into the old section of Whitedown Lane where it merges into Highridge. The crew on site will be tarmacing the last section laid and expect to remove the traffic lights by next Tuesday.

The new main being laid on the old section of Whitedown Lane will be laid past the junction with Kings Road with traffic lights in place until this work is complete. We expect to be here for a couple of weeks.

When we have laid this section of pipe, we will be moving to Caker Lane to lay a 70-metre section of pipe. This work will take place between Monday 2 October and Friday 20 October.

For the safety of pedestrians, motorists and our contractor, Caker Lane will be temporarily closed while this work takes place. We are currently finalising a diversion route which will be in place during this work and will keep you updated on this page.

We will then return to the A339 Whitedown Lane to connect the new pipeline to our existing network at the junction with Chawton Park Road. Temporary traffic lights will be needed to complete the work here.

Once our connection work is completed along Whitedown Lane, we will then complete our work on the old section of Whitedown Lane at the junction with Kings Road. While this work takes place, we will need to temporarily close this section of old Whitedown Lane.

This is the only way we can keep pedestrians, motorists and our contractor safe due to the space needed for this work. However our contractor will be working extended hours to complete this work as soon as possible.

We will keep you updated on the planned dates for these final pieces of work and will keep our map updated. Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 1 September 2017 

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while we continue work along Whitedown Lane.

Three-way traffic lights remain in place along Whitedown Lane and we have now laid the new pipeline past Bolle Road.

Work will continue next week.

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Update 21 August 2017

We have now changed the traffic lights to two-way control along Whitedown Lane. The gang on site is currently working towards Elmwood Close.

They hope to move to the junction with Bolle Road by the end of this week.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience.


Update 15 August 2017

Traffic lights remain in place along Whitedown Lane and we are currently located between The Butts and Bolle Road.

Over the last two weeks we have laid 75 metres of pipe. We hope to change the three-way lights to two-way lights from Wednesday 23 August. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience.


Update 26 July 2017

The sewer along The Butts has now been repaired and this week we will finish laying the new pipe along this section. Once the pipe has been installed, we will start returning the area to its original condition.

We expect this reinstatement work to start at the weekend and will be finished early next week. We would like to thank local residents for their patience while this part of the scheme has taken place.

On Tuesday we expect to start work along Whitedown Lane. This is the final part of the project and we anticipate being on this section for between 10 and 12 weeks.

To keep the public and our workforce safe, temporary traffic lights will be in place.

We know roadworks are frustrating but we ask you to bear with us. We will be working as quickly as we can to complete this section of work.

Thank you to all local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and co-operation during this work.


Update 14 July 2017

The section of pipe in Windmill Hill has successfully passed a pressure test this week and one gang will remain here next week to build chambers for operational equipment needed for the new pipeline.

We are still waiting for the repair to be made to the damaged sewer along The Butts and once this has been completed, we can lay the remainder of our pipe before moving onto Whitedown Lane.


Update 7 July 2017

We are reaching the end of The Butts section of the project but the gang on site has uncovered a damaged sewer and are waiting for this to be repaired.

Once this sewer has been repaired, we will continue the remaining work along The Butts. This section of work has taken longer than expected due to the amount of other utilities in the road.

After we have completed The Butts section, we will move onto Whitedown Lane for the final phase.

We will keep you updated on our progress along The Butts and when we anticipate moving onto Whitedown Lane.

Update 6 July 2017

We have come across an unexpected amount of utilities within the road which have caused a minor delay on our programme of works to move onto Whitedown Lane, we now envisage this happening on Monday 10 July. 

Our work continues through 'The Butts' in a rolling road closure  and we will be moving onto Whitedown Lane under three-way lights to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 26 June 2017

We will be mobilising site again on 26 June at ‘The Butts’ and will work through this section out onto Whitedown Lane. We envisage being in Whitedown Lane on Monday 3 July.

We will be working in a rolling road closure through ‘The Butts’ and will be utilising around 60- 80m of road at a time, so we can allow for residents only car parking.

We will be moving onto Whitedown Lane under three-way lights to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 19 June 2017

Work progressed well along Butts Road and we have removed our lights heading into Alton town centre. We will be working through the section of ‘The Butts' until Thursday 22 of June where we will demobilise and return on 26 June to allow for ‘The Victorian Cricket Match' and ‘Alton Theatre’.

We will be working in a rolling road closure through the section of ‘The Butts’ and will be utilising approx. 60- 80 metres at a time, so we can allow for residents only car parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Additional update 9 June 2017

Work along The Butts slip road is progressing well and we expect to remove our traffic lights currently in place along Butts Road on Tuesday (13 June).

As a result, all work will then be confined to The Butts as we work to lay the new pipe here.

Our original plan was to de-mobilise the site here from Friday 16 June but we will now be continuing to work in The Butts to utilise this time.

We will now start demobilising this site on Thursday 22 June and will return back to this area to complete this section on Monday 26 June.

While on this part of the project, we will be working in 60 metre sections to maintain resident only parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 7 June 2017

Work is progressing well along Butts Road and we will shortly be switching our two-way traffic lights over into the lane running North into Alton town centre. This will allow us to install our pipe into The Butts Green area.

We will be working through this section of The Butts until Friday 16 June. We will then demobilise the site for the Jane Austen commemoration events and return here on 26 June.

This section of work in The Butts will be carried out under a rolling road closure. We will be working in 60 metre sections to allow for residents only car parking.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 30 May 2017

Work is progressing well along Butts Road and we are now at the junction with Lincoln Green.

We hope to reduce the traffic management to two-way traffic lights along Butts Road on Thursday or Friday. This will depend on the delivery of tarmac to reinstate this section of the road.

The two-way traffic lights will be in place for the remainder of the work along this road.

We expect to move into The Butts section of the project at the end of next week.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your ongoing patience and cooperation.


Update 28 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has laid a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road.

 In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road.

So far, 1,286 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place. We will keep you updated on our progress in the road.


Update 13 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has started laying a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road. Work has also taken place to fully construct our site compound for the project in this area.

In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road.

So far, 1,246 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place.


Update 7 April 2017

Work on our scheme in Alton is progressing well. Our gang has started laying a long section of the pipeline in the field off Selborne Road. Work has also taken place to fully construct our site compound for the project in this area.

In addition to the pipe laid in the field, we have also started to lay the new pipe in the verge along Selborne Road. Work will continue here next week.

So far, 1186 metres of pipe has been laid.

Thank you to local residents and motorists for your patience while this important work takes place.


Update 25 January 2017

Following a recent meeting with Alton Town Council, our project team met with the local highways team yesterday to discuss the scheme and how we can minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and motorists.

We are aware of a number of events later this year on land at The Butts and to minimise disruption we now plan to start our work along the section of Selborne Road and work our way back to Whitedown Lane. We will also have an additional gang on the section around The Butts to complete this sooner.

As a result, enabling works on the project will begin along Selborne Road on Monday 30 January under a lane closure before we start to lay the new pipe here moving towards Butts Road.

Residents from Beechwood Road and Ackender Road made us aware of ongoing problems with traffic at the drop-in session and we have liaised with the local highways team on this issue. We plan to put additional signage at the entrance to the road informing motorists that access to Beechwood Road and Ackender Road is for residents only.


Update 20 January 2017

Following a meeting with Alton Town Council, our project team is carrying out further work to minimise disruption for residents and motorists.
 
To limit the disruption to planned local events this Spring/Summer, we are planning to start work at the Selborne Road section of our route and work our way back to Whitedown Lane to lay the new pipe.
 
We are working closely with the local highways team to plan this and we are meeting them next week to confirm the new dates. As a result, we will not be starting work to lay the new pipe next week.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will update residents when we have a new confirmed start date for this important scheme.

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