£1.5million to replace leaky water pipes near Bicester

GV of water leak on the junction of Clare Street and Overstone Road. 'NEWS, RICH.
GV of water leak on the junction of Clare Street and Overstone Road. 'NEWS, RICH.

WORN-OUT water mains between Bicester and Ambrosden are set to be replaced in a major £1.5million project, Thames Water has announced.

The two-kilometre section of 100-year-old cast iron pipe has burst three times in three years, and will be replaced with a sturdy plastic pipe.

Thames Water spokesman Lawrence Gosden said: “We’d ask people to bear with us in the knowledge that the purpose of this project is to reduce the number of disruptive burst and leaky pipes in the area by replacing creaky old cast-iron mains with tough, new plastic ones less prone to breaks and leaks.

“We give nearby residents 48 hours’ notice of any interruptions to their water supply, for which we apologise in advance.”

No roads will be closed, although there will be some traffic management along the A41 from Bicester, along Ploughley Road and into Ambrosden.

Work will start on Thursday, October 6, and will be continue until February next year.

A public exhibition of the plans will be held on September 22 in Ambrosden Village Hall, between 3.30pm and 7pm.