John Redwood has welcomed news that South East Water is now exploring a number of alternative methods for use in relation to future water mains renewal works in Wokingham. Following the significant disruption caused after continued road closures took place earlier this month in Finchampstead Road and Easthampstead Road/Heathlands Road, John wrote to South East Water to raise his concerns about the long delays caused by such works.
South East Water responded by saying that while a number of constraints often make highway work necessary, they are now exploring the possibility of laying part of the new main pipe from the Easthampstead and Heathlands scheme in adjacent fields, instead of under the main road.
In addition, they hope to use directional drilling – a trenchless method of construction – to minimise the scale of future disruption. This method only requires an access and exit pit for the insertion of water pipes, as opposed to the traditionally extensive excavation often associated with similar renewal works.