Problem water main to be replaced at Rolvenden

Domestic water tap
Image caption The work is intended to prevent burst pipes and secure domestic supplies

A £500,000 project to replace a water main that has burst more than 10 times since 2003 is to get under way in Kent.

South East Water is to replace 1.4 miles (2.2km) of main in the Rolvenden area between Maytham Farm pumping station and Mounts Lane.

The work will be carried out in two phases, the first between the junction of Mounts Lane and Pix's Lane to the junction with the A28 Tenterden Road.

Mounts Lane will be closed to through traffic from 18 October to 24 December.

'Short-term pain'

A diversion will be in place along Pix's Lane and the A28.

"We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience but hope our customers and the wider community understand how important it is that we tackle this work," said spokesman Graham Webb.

"We hope this short-term pain will be for a long-term gain as we secure drinking water supplies."

The second phase will be carried out next spring on private land from the A28 to the west of Rolvenden station.

Special fencing is to be erected to protect the native great crested newts in the area.

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