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Nineteen-week scheme to replace water mains reduced to 11 weeks

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South West Water is pleased to announce that a major project to replace ageing water mains in Newton Poppleford has been reduced from 19 weeks to 11 weeks.

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. The A3052 (High Street) will be closed to traffic between Venn Ottery Road and King Alfred Way for three weeks from Saturday 5 October until Sunday 27 October. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.

Work between King Alfred Way and Meadow Drive has been brought forward to take place at the same time as the road closure (5 to 27 October) and local traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights on this stretch of the High Street during this time.

Two-way traffic lights will be in use for the remainder of the scheme, during work on the pipes between Meadow Drive and Millmoor Lane/Drive.

Because work on the narrowest sections of road are being carried out during the three-week road closure, buses will now be able to use the A3052 once the road has reopened.

Project manager James Howourth said: "At the drop-in session in August we listened to the concerns of local businesses and residents and I'm happy to say that following further discussions with Devon County Council, we have been able to reduce the length of the project from 19 to 11 weeks.

"Agreement has been reached to work on three sections of the road at once, instead of one at a time, so we have brought in extra resource to enable us to do that.

"While the road closure will still cause inconvenience, it's great news that bus services will now only be affected for three weeks as we know this was a major concern for a lot of people in the village. It will be a tight squeeze though, and HGVs will still have to use the diversion route for the full 11 weeks because they are so much heavier.

"Once again, we'd like to remind everyone that all businesses in the village will remain open and we would urge people to support their local traders during this time."

Published: 4 September 2013

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