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We are carrying out essential water main renewal work at High Street in Whitwell on the Isle of Wight. The old water pipes along High Street and Ventnor Road, Whitwell, have suffered a number of bursts in recent years and have reached the end of their operational life. 

We're working with Clancy Docwra to replace 900 metres of the old main with a new, highly durable pipe to safeguard water supplies for the community effectively into the future.

Work started on Monday 16 October on a section of Ventnor Road to the south of Whitwell and will progress north; finishing near the junction with Nettlecombe Lane. Work will be completed in sections to minimise disruption. We are working 7 days a week to get the work completed as quickly as we can, and the work is expected to be fully complete by spring 2018.

Temporary traffic lights will control vehicles using Ventnor Road until we reach the junction with Kemming Road, where a closure of a section of High Street will be required, with a short local diversion in place for through-traffic. This road closure will take place after the schools October half-term.

Access for residents, businesses and their customers will be maintained at all times along this section of High Street during the road closure.

Update 17 November

To date, more than 600 metres of pipeline have been installed and tested.

The Whitwell High Street road closure at the junction with Kemming Road has now come into operation.

We’d like to urge all road users to take notice of the road signs in place and thank everyone for their continued patience while we carry out this work.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact capitalcomms@southernwater.co.uk quoting PRN 620007.

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