Work on a scheme to install two new water mains, each approximately 650 metres in length, will take place along Walshes Road and Stone Cross Road between Luxford Road and Alice Bright Lane with construction starting on 22 July 2019.
The project is expected to take approximately 34 weeks to complete but our contractor will work hard to complete the work sooner.
We are going to use open cut techniques to install pipes within the same trench. Construction work will be carried out in stages, with the road being returned to its original state upon completion of one section before the working area moves along to the next stage.
As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor we will need to close Stone Cross Road to through traffic only while we carry out our work. Also, temporary traffic lights will be used along Walshes Road to enable motorists to use the road while work takes place.
A diversion route, which has been agreed in conjunction with the East Sussex Highways, will be clearly signed for the duration of the work. We will be phasing the road closure so that only one section of Stone Cross Road will be closed at a time, starting at Fermor Road and finishing in between Alderbrook Close and Alice Bright Lane.
Customers will be able to access their homes and businesses throughout this project although there may be a short wait at times if we are working outside a property entrance.
Work will take place between 07:00 - 19:00 from Monday to Friday.
There may be a short interruption to the water supply as we connect our new pipe to the existing network but we will write to customers at least 48 hours in advance if this is going to happen.
Our contractor is Clancy Docwra and if you have any concerns during the work, the staff on site will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to speak to South East Water direct please call our Customer Technical Centre on 0333 000 1100.
Update 12 September, 2019
We are currently working under three way traffic light control at the junction of Stone Cross Road and Fermor Road. Once this work is completed we will then move further along Stone Cross Road under a road closure with a route diversion is force. We will return to the section of work in Walshes Road at a later date as it has been established that due to the narrow width of the road, and the situation of the utilities in the middle of the carriageway, that it is not possible to undertake our construction under traffic light control. The work will require a full road closure and we are in the process of applying for a road closure permit from East Sussex Highways. We will provide an update on the timing of this closure when more information is known.
Update 29 August, 2019
Work on this scheme is progressing well. We have completed a meter bypass and work will move along Stone Cross Road next week. Two-way traffic lights remain in operation. We would like to thank residents, motorists and local businesses for their patience and understanding while work continues.