Littlewick Road

LITTLEWICK Road will be closed for at least two more weeks, as work on replacing a water main along the highway over-runs its target date.

The Knaphill road was due to re-open to through traffic in mid-September, following five serious bursts in the pipe in 18 months.

Affinity Water says Littlewick Road will remain closed until mid October

It was closed after the last rupture, on July 26, during which several thousand gallons of water were lost and several homes and gardens flooded.

Affinity Water now says the new main should be working by the middle of October, replacing the 60-year-old cast iron pipe with a modern plastic version.

A spokesman for the company said: “We have had to design and install a unique connection to join different-sized water mains, which require robust testing to ensure it can handle the pressures needed to supply water for the area.

“Rest assured, this work is absolutely essential, to ensure the local community is provided with a reliable supply of water for many years to come and to minimise the risk of bursts occurring in the future.”

The July 26 burst was just five days after the fourth fracture. The previous bursts were in July last year and in January and February 2017.

For the full story get the 3 October edition of the News & Mail

ENGINEERS have started installing a new water main along Littlewick Road in Knaphill, which should end the risk of bursts tearing up the highway surface.

The road will be closed to through traffic for up to eight weeks while an ageing pipe is replaced.

A sign at the Lockfield Drive roundabout in Littlewick Road warns that the highway will be shut for up to eight weeks

Meanwhile, the busy A322 Guildford Road at West End was due to open yesterday (Wednesday) following repairs to a burst water main and damaged gas main in the road.

The cast iron main along Littlewick Road has fractured five times in 18 months, causing thousands of gallons of water to flood into homes and gardens on each occasion.

A planned replacement of the 60-year-old pipe started this week, ahead of schedule. Work on a new main work was originally due to be finished in October but should now end in September.

The latest burst was on Friday July 26, causing havoc just five days after the fourth fracture. That closed the road to through traffic and it has not been open since.

For the full story get the 8 August edition of the News & Mail

RESIDENTS were woken up early on Monday morning to find that a water main in their road had burst and flooded homes and gardens for a fourth time.

A ruptured supply pipe down the middle of Littlewick Road in Knaphill sent thousands of gallons of water into the highway and into nearby properties, some of which had been flooded by previous leaks.

Water flows through a garage into the back garden of a property near the burst pipe

The cast iron main, believed to be more than 60 years old, caused extensive disruption when it burst in July last year and previously in January and February 2017.

On Monday, a resident called Surrey Fire and Rescue Service at 3.25am to say their home was being flooded. A crew from Woking stayed until 5.20am to help residents move property and keep out the water.

The 15-inch pipe ruptured near the section which was repaired a year ago. The pressure pushed up the road surface, which eventually buckled and allowed water to gush out.

The supply company, Affinity, cut off water to the area while its engineers isolated the leaking pipe. A company spokesman said the network was “re-zoned” to restore supplies.

Littlewick Road was closed from its junction with Horsell Birch to Lockfield Drive while workers dug a large hole to locate the leak and replace the damaged pipe.

The spokesman said that that the ageing main was due to replaced by October.

For the full story get the 25 July edition of the News & Mail