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Water mains upgrade for Chase Terrace

Photo of the road closureWe have started a project to replace the water mains in Chase Terrace.

The project is part of our ongoing improvement programme and will see over 3km of water mains upgraded, resulting in improved water quality and a reliable water supply to customers.

The works are being carried out by our contractor Onsite, over a twenty week period starting 30 September 2019 in the following roads:

  • School Lane
  • Radmore Close
  • Ironstone Road
  • School Walk
  • Chapel Street
  • Griffin Close
  • School Close
  • Eastgate
  • Thorpe Avenue
  • Lorne Street
  • Thorpe Street
  • Princess Street

 To complete this work as safely and efficiently as possible, temporary road closures will be in place as we work through the roads. Diversion routes will be in place at all times and access will be maintained to residents and businesses.

Phil Newland, Managing Director at South Staffs Water, explains:

This project represents a significant investment into the water quality in Chase Terrace and has been designed to minimise the impact to traffic, residents and businesses.

 At no time will we request access to a customer’s property unless a visit has been pre-arranged. 

Traffic diversion details
Plan of the traffic diversions

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Posted: 3 October 2019


Week one update
Work started with two new connections being made on Cannock Road. The first connection is on the junction of School Lane and the second is on the junction of Thorpe Street. Both connections are being carried out under traffic lights at the same time, this will avoid further disruption later on.

Once the new mains are taken across the Cannock Road, the two-way lights will be taken down and the junction of Thorpe Street will be opened up to traffic again, this should be by the end of next week.

School Lane will remain closed to through traffic until all the mains and services along with reinstatements are completed.

Water disruption will be kept to a minimum with advance notice being given for any planned interruption.

Posted: 5 October 2019


Week two update
Last week, the connections on Cannock Road opposite School Lane and Thorpe Avenue were completed.

A new main has being directional drilled from the junction of Cannock Road to the junction of Thorpe Avenue. Direction Drilling is a process which avoids the need to dig a trench along the road, so it's less disruptive and reduces our Carbon Footprint.

This week, the works continue on Cannock Road, bringing the new main laid on School Lane to the connection completed on Cannock Road , after which we water up, test and sample before connecting the new service pipes to the customers' boundary. The Cannock Road will be clear of traffic lights by Monday.

Next week, the works will continue along School Lane towards and including Radmore Close. As we progress along School Lane the excavations will be backfilled and reinstated but the road will remain closed.

Posted: 11 October 2019


Week three update

Last week another section of School Lane was directional drilled, this brings the total of new main laid so far to over 300 metres. The main has being tested and the water sampled. (This is standard industry practice ensuring quality water is delivered to your tap).

This week, with the samples passed, we can now concentrate on transferring the new service pipes to each property and connecting them to the new main. As soon as these service pipes are transferred, the footpaths will be backfilled and reinstated, we hope the majority of the excavations up to Thorpe Avenue will be completed by this weekend (weather pending). 

Chase Terrace 15 Oct
We had expected the traffic lights on Cannock Road to have been removed by Monday but, due to heavy rain, the backfilling had to be postponed. That is now complete and reinstatements have been completed, so the lights have  been removed and the junction of Thorpe street is open to traffic.

The excavation work is continuing along School Lane and Radmore Close and next week, we anticipate the new main will be installed up to and around Radmore Close.

Posted: 15 October 2019