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A3052 set to reopen at midnight on Sunday 27 October

image depicting Resident Janice Voce with customer liaison officer Reg Hancock
Resident Janice Voce with customer liaison officer Reg Hancock
The A3052 (High Street) at Newton Poppleford will reopen to light vehicles and buses at midnight on Sunday 27 October.

The road has been closed to traffic since Saturday 5 October to allow South West Water to replace ageing water mains in the village.

Temporary traffic lights will be in use from Monday 28 October for eight weeks. This is likely to cause delays. Clearly signed diversion routes for HGVs only will be in place.

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

Project manager James Howourth said: "We have been working 12.5 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our promise to reopen the road after three weeks.

"We'd like to say a big thank you to the residents who have made us very welcome, in particular to Janice Voce who set up a gazebo on her lawn with a tea urn and biscuits for the guys - and even cooked them a curry!

"Because we have now completed work in the narrowest sections of the road, cars and buses will be able to use the A3052 under temporary traffic lights. It will be a tight squeeze though, so please bear with us. HGVs will have to use the existing diversion route for the remaining eight weeks.

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

There is a dedicated page on our website, www.southwestwater.co.uk/newtonpop, which is updated with progress every week.

Published: 25 October 2013

For further information please contact:

Press Office
South West Water

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