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£500,000 scheme to replace ageing water mains in Newton Poppleford

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A major project to replace ageing water mains in an East Devon village gets under way in October.

During the £500,000 scheme South West Water will be upgrading 1,025 metres of old three-inch concrete water mains in Newton Poppleford to address the issue of frequent bursts in the area.

Work starts on Saturday 5 October and will take 19 weeks.

The A3052, between Venn Ottery Road and King Alfred Way, will be closed to traffic for three weeks from Saturday 5 October until Sunday 27 October. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place. Two-way traffic lights will be in use for the remainder of the work.

This is likely to cause disruption and delays for traffic travelling between Exeter and Sidmouth. Advance warning notices will be in place six weeks before work starts.

Project manager James Howourth said: "We know that the frequent bursts in the area have been a source of frustration for local residents and businesses. This scheme will address the problem once and for all, although we do appreciate that the three-week road closure will cause inconvenience for commuters.

"There will be minimal interruptions to people's water supplies, and we will notify 48 hours in advance if we need to turn off the supply for any length of time.

"In the meantime, all businesses in the village will remain open and we would urge people to support their local traders during our work.

"The good news is that we have managed to reduce the length of the project from 25 to 19 weeks, and if we identify any ways we can complete the work quicker of course we will do that. In the meantime, we can only apologise to those affected and ask them to be patient with us - we will finish the work as quickly as possible."

Residents and businesses were invited to a drop-in session at the village hall on 21 August, where South West Water staff were on hand to explain the benefits of the scheme and answer questions. Stagecoach South West attended to explain how the scheme will affect their bus services. Representatives from Devon County Council also attended.

Newton Poppleford carnival, on Saturday 5 October, will not be affected.

Notes to editors

Diversion routes for low vehicles:

  • High Street - Station Road - Four Elms Hill - road past West Barn (A3052) - road from Woods Coombe To The Bowd Inn - road from Burcombe Grange to Woods Combe - road from Gerway Lane to Burcombe Grange - road from Tip Hill to Geryway Lane - Tip Hill - Broad Street - Mill Street - Barrack Road - Exeter Road - Daisy Mount Roundabout - road from Daisy Farm to Bendarrach Road (B3180) - road from Tipton Cross to Bendarrach Road - road heading southwest from Tipton Cross - road past Heather Down Farm - road from Halfway Inn to Goosemoor (A3052) - Exeter Road (A3052) - Venn Ottery Road
  • Venn Ottery Road - Exeter Road (A3052) - road from Halfway Inn to Goosemoor (A3052) - road past Heather Down Farm - road heading southwest from Tipton Cross - road from Tipton Cross to Bendarrach Road - road from Daisy Farm to Bendarrach Road - Daisy Mount Roundabout - Exeter Road - Barrack Road - Mill Street - Canaan Way - Hind Street - Broad Street - Tip Hill - road from Tip Hill to Gerway Lane - road from Gerway Lane to Burcombe Grange - road from Burcombe Grange to Woods Combe - road from Woods Combe to The Bowd Inn - road past West Barn (A3052) - Four Elms Hill - Station Road - High Street

LGV and HGV route (full 19 weeks):

  • High Street - Station Road - Four Elms Hill - road past West Barn (A3052) - road from Bowd to Core Hill - Sidford High Street - Two Bridges Road (A375) - Burnt Oak - Chapel Street - Fore Street - Cotford Road - Road From Putts Corner to Cotford - road past Gittisham Hill - Sidmouth Road - Exeter Road - A30 Between Honiton and Exeter - Honiton Road - Moor Lane - Sidmouth Road - road from Sandy Gate To Rydon Lane - Sidmouth Road - road from Halfway Inn to Goosemoor (A3052) - Exeter Road (A3052) - Venn Ottery Road (and vice versa)

Published: 21 August 2013

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