Installation of the replacement pipeline will likely take place from March to November 2022.

Construction updates will be provided to the local community at least two months before the installation works commence. We will agree how we communicate this information with local authorities.

The map above provides information on installation within the town centre. As outlined in the planning process, the project will be narrow working through the town centre. Further information on our construction plans can be found below.

About installation

Before installation starts, the first thing you will see is signs notifying station users that works will be taking place.

When installation starts, Heras-type fencing bolted together, or strong-wall fencing, will be used to secure the working area.

You may also see mobile welfare units, equipment, materials and vehicles within the working area.

During the open cut installation process, you may see deliveries of the steel pipes. These will be brought to site in a ‘just-in-time’ delivery sequencing We will also have 24-hour security of the working areas within the park.

Public access to Ashford Railway Station will be available throughout installation. Public footpaths along Woodthorpe Road, Station Approach, and Station Road will remain open during installation. This includes the existing steps from Church Road down to Station Road.

Property and business access will be maintained by a gap in the works area fencing. When the trench crosses property or business access, and when the pipe is lowered into the trench, access will not be available. We will communicate directly to those impacted in advance of these works.

Access to Clarendon Primary School from the eastern side of Church Road via Knapp Road/Village Wey will be maintained. Access to St James School from the east side of Church Road will be maintained.

There are public parking bays along the northern and southern side of Woodthorpe Road and to the western side of Station Approach. The project intends to temporarily suspend parking in these areas in phases as the work progresses.

Village Way has a number of public parking bays to the north side which will not be impacted by the project.

Emergency access will always be provided as required to support the emergency services.

Apart from the amenity grass found on the sports areas for the schools, little other vegetation is expected to require removal.

The project’s Environmental Clerk of Works and arboriculturalist will visit working areas to provide specialist advice when any works to trees, such as branch removal, are required.

Works for the trenchless crossings will be located away from the root protection areas of the adjacent boundary trees.

The open cut installation along Woodthorpe Road, from Imtech House to Station Approach is likely to commence from March to October 2022.

In order to install the replacement pipeline along Woodthorpe Road, we will need to close a single lane so traffic management will be in place. At the roundabout between Woodthorpe Road, Station Approach and Clarendon Road, the roundabout function will be suspended when the works approach the intersection and will be replaced with temporary signals.

The open cut installation along Station Approach and Station Road is likely to take place from October to November 2022.

A single lane width will be maintained along Station Approach and Station Road during open cut installation works. As these roads are one-way, no traffic control will be necessary.

We will be using a microtunnel trenchless technique to cross from Station Road to Clarendon School. We intend for installation works within school grounds to take place outside of term time.

At Clarendon School, we have agreed that access and parking for staff will be provided throughout construction in connection with the operation of the Children’s Centre, which operates outside of term time.

The trenchless crossing will require a drive shaft to be located in Station Road and a receiving shaft in Clarendon School. The reception shaft will be located in the northwest corner of the school playing field, adjacent to the railway. The working area will be securely fenced with lockable access gates.

Visual and acoustic barriers will be installed along the fencing to reduce noise and light disturbance to nearby residential properties.

All construction personnel working on school property will have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.

We will be using a microtunnel trenchless technique to cross from Clarendon School to St James School.

We intend for installation works within school grounds to take place outside of term time.

The trenchless crossing beneath the railway line will require a drive shaft to be located in Clarendon School and the receiving shaft in the southeast corner of the southern playing fields of St James School.

The working area will be securely fenced with lockable access gates.

Visual and acoustic barriers will be installed along the fencing to reduce noise and light disturbance to nearby residential properties.

All construction personnel working on school property will have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.

Works vehicles will access the working area across the schools’ sports fields using track matting or similar protection. It is not intended to strip any topsoil in these areas.

24-hour security for the duration of the works will cover both of the schools and the open cut street section.

Reinstatement of the highway will be in accordance with the requirements of the permit scheme and the DCO, which documents how to reinstate within the carriageway and footway. This includes the depth and material specifications to be used within different categories of carriageway.

Once the construction works within the schools are complete, the area will be reinstated.