Water main work will cause delays

MORE roadworks are set to take place in Hailsham next week and motorists are likely to face delays.

The roadworks are part of a project by South East Water which the utility company said is needed to build a new water main which will supply new homes in Hailsham with clean, safe tap water.

South East Water has said it the work is essential and has plegded to keep delays to an absolute minimum

Workmen will install a new 250mm diameter water main along 300 metres of the eastbound section of Hempstead Lane from next Monday (August 6).

Hempstead Lane will be closed to motorists leaving the A22 eastbound but the southbound entry slip road from Hempstead Lane will remain open.

The diversion route for motorists will be clearly signed for the duration of the work.

James Smith from South East Water said, “We want to minimise disruption to local residents and motorists which is why we are carrying out this work during the school summer holidays when traffic flows are traditionally lighter.

“This project is essential to ensure we can continue to supply clean, safe water to all new housing developments in the town.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to motorists for any inconvenience this work may cause.”

The second phase follows work which took place on the northbound carriageway of the A22 between Diplocks Roundabout and Hempstead Lane earlier this year.