As part of an ongoing programme to improve our water supply network we are installing a number of new water mains across Ashford.

The £1.3 million project involves the installation of new equipment and water pipes, which will help us to increase the amount of water we can pump through our extensive network of underground pipes and better control the flow of water.

It will ensure we can continue to maintain water pressure to the area as the Chilmington Green development is built.

Work is taking place in the following roads; A28 Chart Road (verge), Chilmington Green Road, Evergreen Way, Loudon Way, Sir John Fogge Avenue and Sweet Bay Crescent.

Work started in October and will last for 10 months, but we will write to you before work in your area begins.

To keep motorists, pedestrians and our staff safe, a mixture of road closures and temporary traffic lights will be used throughout the works, and will be agreed with Kent Highways before work starts.

If you have any concerns during working hours then our contractor, Clancy Docwra, will happily answer any questions on site. If you would like to speak to South East Water direct please call our Customer Technical Centre on 0333 000 1100.

View the Evergreen Way diversion map

Work schedule

Phase 1 (completed)

Pipelaying in our Potters Corner storage reservoir (near Orchard Heights) and installing equipment to control the flow of water in Sir John Fogge Avenue.

Phase 2

Laying pipe in private fields off Chilmington Green Road.

Phase 3 (current)

Main laying through Loudon Way, Cypress Avenue and the verge of A28 Chart Road. We will start in the verge of the A28 and move towards the Godinton Park shops and New Chimneys pub.

We are hoping to lay the main in Evergreen Way during school summer holidays under a road closure, but will update customers nearer the time to confirm our plans.

Phase 4

Installation of new equipment in our Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, booster station and main laying down the verge of Ashford Road.

Progress updates

10 July

We have now started work in Patrick Clayton Drive to lay a small section of pipe and install new underground equipment. The road is closed to through-traffic to keep our workers safe.

When this has finished, Patrick Clayton Drive will reopen and Evergreen Way will close from 22 July to the end of the school holidays as we lay more pipe in this area.

Although the roads are closed to through-traffic, residents will be able to access their homes at all times.

3 June

Our section of work in Loudon Way has now finished and the road has been returned to its original condition. From 22 July to the end of the school holidays, we will be laying pipe in Evergreen Way under a road closure. This has been timed to take place during the school summer break to avoid disruption to the school buses which use this route.

17 April

Good news - our work to lay the new pipe between Loudon Court and Mulberry Road is progressing so well that we will reopen the road after the morning rush hour on Good Friday, 19 April.

The road will be fully open for the bank holiday weekend, then two-way lights will be in place on Springwood Drive from Tuesday, 23 April.

28 March 2019

The crew have cut out another 100 metres of the road surface and welded up the string of pipe, ready to lay the next section of water main.

Two-way traffic lights are in place along Loudon Way, and the road will close from Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April, between Loudon Court and Mulberry Road, as we lay our pipe through this section of road.

When Loudon Way is closed, a signed diversion route will be in place and our crew will work 7 days a week to finish work as quickly as possible.

19 March 2019

The three-way traffic lights which were in place at the junction of Springwood Drive and Loudon Way have been replaced with two-way lights now we have crossed this road junction.  Another 51 metres was laid last week and we hope to lay more than this during this coming week.

Loudon Way will be closed between the junctions of Loudon Court and Mulberry Road from Saturday 6 April as we lay our pipe through this section, finishing after the Easter bank holiday.

Our water workers will be on site seven days a week during the road closure to complete the work as quickly as possible. 

13 March 2019

The three way traffic lights that have been in place at the junction of Springwood Drive are being removed today and replaced with two way traffic lights on Loudon Way now that work across the junction of Springwood Drive has completed. 

From Saturday 6 April we will close Loudon Way between the junctions of Loudon Court and Mulberry Road to keep the public and our workforce safe as we lay our pipe through this section. It will reopen after the Easter bank holiday.

We'll be working seven days a week during this time to complete the work as quickly as possible. 

4 March 2019

This week, we are cutting a trench ready to lay the next 90 metres of pipe in Loudon Way.

Monday 18 February

We have completed 44% of the work needed overall, with 350 metres now laid in Loudon Way.  Two-way traffic lights are in place to keep the public and our workers safe while we lay the next 500 metres of water main in this road.

New pipe is also being installed in private fields near Chilmington Green Road and Magpie Hall Road in Kingsnorth.

Tuesday 5 February

This week we have commenced work in the Stubbs Cross area by setting up our compound prior to laying pipe in private land adjacent to Chilmington Green Road. Traffic lights are in operation at various times between 9am and 3.30pm as we move equipment on to the site.

We are also working in Loudon Way (Godinton Park) and making good progress under three way traffic light control at the junction of Cypress Avenue. We expect these traffic lights to be in place until 11 February when we will continue working along Loudon Way under two-way traffic light control.

Tuesday 29 January

Pipelaying and the installation of new equipment in our Potters Corner water storage reservoir near Orchard Heights is finished, and we've laid a huge 244 metres of new water pipe along the verge of Chart Road. 

From Monday, 4 February, we'll begin laying pipe in private fields in the Stubbs Cross area. There may be some noise and extra road traffic due to our work but we'll write to everyone affected to let you know what to expect.

Tuesday 8 January 2019

The next phase of our million-pound project has now begun, as we set up our working area in the verge of the A28 Chart Road.  Pipelaying will begin next week, moving along the verge towards Godinton Park before laying the new water main along Loudon Way.

Wednesday 19 December

Pipelaying continues in our Potters Corner site near Orchard Heights.

In January, we will start work in Godinton Park and the verge of A28 Chart Road, laying pipe along Loudon Way.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place for part of the work located on Loudon Way between the junctions of Cypress Avenue and the roundabout with Mulberry Road and Sweet Bay Crescent.

A road closure will be in place on Loudon Way near to the New Chimneys pub for approximately two weeks at the end of our project to connect the new water main to the existing network. A fully signed diversion route will be in place via Springwood Drive.

Local buses will run as usual, but we would advise bus passengers and motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

An updated schedule for each phase of this project can be found above.

Tuesday 6 November

Our work to install new underground equipment in Sir John Fogge Avenue has now finished and we will be returning the footpath to its original state.

This week, we begin work in our Potters Corner service reservoir to lay a small section of pipe.

Tuesday 16 October

Today, we started the installation of new meter bypass equipment in Sir John Fogge Avenue, which will allow more water to flow through the existing pipes in the area.  This work means a small section of the footpath near the A20 junction is closed, but the road is fully open. We will finish here at the start of November.

Recently we have been digging a series of small pits known as trial holes in the verge of the A28 Chart Road.  These are used to investigate the ground conditions and check where the other utilities' pipes and cables are.

Friday 28 September

Thank you very much to the 60 people that came to our drop-in session last night at Godinton Village Hall. The plans we displayed are below with provisional dates, and we'll update this web page as our plans progress.  In addition, we'll write to Ashford residents before work in each area of the town.

Orchard Heights, Repton Park, Godinton Park work plan

Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst water works plan

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