Severn Trent revisit plans to upgrade network in Highnam

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Severn Trent is set to continue with essential work to install new water pipes along the B4215 near Highnam next week, after listening carefully to feedback from the local community.

The water company has gone back to the drawing board to come up with new plans to finish this phase of the £3 million project, aiming to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The continuation of work will start on the B4215 from Monday 30 September at the junction with Whitehall Lane, which will take two weeks to complete. To allow engineers to carry out this work quickly and safely, temporary three-way traffic lights will be put in place.

The project will then move to the junction of the B4215 and A40, with activity limited to weekends only. Temporary single lane closures will be in place on the B4215 slip road onto the A40 from Saturday 5 October to Sunday 6 October and Saturday 12 October to Sunday 13 October.

Project Manager Phil Smith from Severn Trent, said: “Every effort has been made to minimise any further disruption in this area. We understand that the work we’re carrying out has previously caused considerable frustration for many people.

“That’s why we’ve listened to feedback from the local community and worked closely with Highways England and Gloucestershire County Council to come up with a new set of plans. The section of work at the junction with the B4215 and A40 will be limited to weekends only, which we hope will reduce any impact on traffic.

“Although there’ll be brief single lane closures as the B4215 enters the A40, we’re pleased to say there’ll be no restrictions on the A40 itself. We’d like to say a big thank you for everyone’s continued patience while we replace ageing water pipes with brand new ones in this area, so our customers will have a reliable supply of water for generations to come.”

Phil added: “We still need to return everything back to normal at the junction of the B4215 and A40, and we’ll communicate these details in the coming weeks.”