As part of an ongoing programme to improve our water supply network we are installing more than 600m of pipeline along Goudhurst Road, Marden.

This £131,000 scheme is necessary to improve the capacity of the network and ensure we can continue to maintain water pressure to the area as the community grows.

A 596 metre section will start opposite Russell Road and continue in a southerly direction along the carriageway and an additional 50 metre section will be laid between the junctions of Plain Road and Sheephurst Road.

As a safety precaution for pedestrians and motorists, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the work. This will not impact upon local bus routes, but we would advise bus passengers and motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

Please be assured that access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Construction is due to start on Monday 23 October 2017 and the project is expected to take approximately 22 weeks to complete, due to the length of the pipework being installed.

However, our contractor will work as hard as they can to complete the scheme as quickly and safely as possible.

Work will take place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities at weekends.

There may be a short interruption to the local water supply during this scheme as we connect our new pipe to the existing network but we’ll let you know before this happens.

Our contractor is Clancy Docwra and if you have any concerns during the work staff on site will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to speak to South East Water direct please call our Customer Technical Centre on 0333 000 1100.


We'll post regular updates here as the scheme progresses so please check here for more information.

Wednesday 24 January

More than 80% of this project has been completed, and we are now moving into Plain Road to put the finishing touches to the pipework.  

A section of Plain Road will be closed while we lay this final section of pipe and a diversion route has been agreed with Kent County Council which will be clearly signposted.

View the diversion route.


Wednesday 3 January

We're hard at work again now the Christmas break is over, putting the finishing touches to the new water main. 

On Tuesday 9 January, between 11pm and 3am, we'll be connecting the new pipe to the rest of our network.

This work may be noisy and your water pressure might be reduced during this time but we'll work hard to reduce any disruption.

Once water supplies return to normal, your water might be discoloured, which is not harmful and can be solved by running your cold kitchen tap until the water runs clear.

Thanks for your patience so far as we work hard to complete this essential project as quickly as we can.

Tuesday 19 December

A total of 623 metres of new water main has been laid within Goudhurst Road and has been tested to make sure it's watertight.

We are on site at the moment to disinfect this new section of pipe with chlorine before we fill it with water.  The site will be cleared by Thursday evening for the Christmas period.

We will return on 2 January to connect the pipe to our existing network and lay a small section of pipe in Plains Road to finish the job.

Monday 4 December

We have laid 442 metres out of 646 metres so far and hope to have the remainder of the drilled section before Christmas. 

A small section of pipe using a traditional open cut method will be completed during the Easter holidays, due to highway restrictions.

Monday 27 November

We are making good progress on this project and have completed approximately 30% of the work so far.   

Out of a total of 650 metres of pipe, we have laid 250 metres so far with another 200 metres expected to be completed this week.

Monday 20 November

We are making good progress on this project, with 150 metres drilled so far out of a total of 600 metres. 

Once the tunnel has been drilled, we will feed the pipe through the tunnel and connect it to our existing network.

Monday 6 November

Work began on site yesterday after a short delay while we investigated alternative methods to complete this work as quickly as possible.

An trenchless technique known as directional drilling will be used for part of this project, which is faster than traditional methods.  

As a result, we hope to complete the work approximately one month early, by the end of February.

Monday 23 October

Work will now begin by Thursday 26 October as our contractor finishes work at another engineering project.

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