Water pipe works begin in Hurst

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Will Taylor

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Temporary traffic lights are due to go up across Hurst as part of Thames Water’s multi-million pound scheme to prevent water pipes from bursting.

The works are taking place in Waltham Road between the junction with Hinton Road and Hungerford Lane, in Hungerford Lane itself, and in School Road, until Wednesday, December 21.

Thames Water is spending £3.5 million on replacing water pipes in some Berkshire villages for the next six months.

It will swap out the older pipes for a new system made of plastic.

The work began in Hurst today.

Replacements are also scheduled for other areas near Twyford this year and next, though no specific dates have been set.

Thames Water’s Jon Wickens, project manager for the scheme, said:  “If we don’t do it, then there’s a greater risk of leaky pipes and bursts, both of which could ultimately mean customers without water and travel delays because of emergency repairs.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience our work will cause, but we will be working as fast as we can to get those old, leaky pipes, replaced with new, tough, plastic ones.”

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