Work on Chipping Norton water pipes approaches end

A £4.5m project to replace ageing pipes in Oxfordshire has entered its final stages.

Thames Water has replaced and relined 13 miles (20.9km) of old cast-iron pipes in Chipping Norton which it said were prone to bursts and leaks.

Company spokesman Simon Evans said: "We've got Victorian assets in the ground that we're revamping so they're good to go for many decades to come."

It is hoped the newer pipes will result in better tap water for residents.

Homes are expected to have their water supplies cut for 12 hours so the work can be carried out. Customers will be notified by post beforehand.

In the past five years, Thames Water has replaced more than 1,300 miles (2,092km) of Victorian pipes, mainly under London.

A similar scheme to replace 6.2 miles (10km) of worn out mains in Kidlington started in mid-February. That £1.5m scheme is due to be completed in May.

Work in Chipping Norton is due to finish in July.

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