A Thames Water project to upgrade some of Henley’s water mains is on schedule with a new phase of work set to begin on White Hill, Remenham on 4 September for 6 weeks.
During the work, temporary traffic lights will be in place while the existing pipes are replaced with new plastic ones which are stronger and less prone to leaks and bursts. This reduces the risk of interruptions to water supplies for customers who get their water supply via the pipes and also reduces the need for future emergency roadworks.
Thames Water project manager Jon Wickens said: “Although we appreciate our work will cause some delays, feedback from our customers is they want to see us investing money and upgrading our ageing network of pipes to reduce leaks and bursts. They want reliable water supplies that are fit for the future so it’s vital we replace the old pipes.
“The work we’ve already done on Crazies Hill in recent weeks has gone really well and once we’re done on White Hill we’ll be moving in to other parts of the area. We planned the work in this way as Crazies Hill had to be closed, so it was important that part of the project was done during the summer holidays when traffic is generally lighter. We don’t have plans to close any other roads as part of this project.”
Residents and businesses in the immediate White Hill area have been written to, to warn them about the road works.
Work to upgrade the water pipes under Remenham Hill and Aston Lane is currently being planned for later this year and early 2018. When complete, the total cost of the upgrade project will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.