The Surrey village plagued by roadworks and bus changes as traffic at standstill

Raodworks around the petrol station
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A Surrey village has ground to a halt as roadworks attempt to fix a historic fuel leak. Traffic has been at a standstill in Bramley as Thames Water work to install new pipes.

This comes as the Thames Water, among other bodies, seek to deal with a large historic fuel leak which could have been caused as long as eight years ago.

Bramley has seen disruption with the area in front of the village petrol station as well as Horsham Road playing host to roadworks. Station Road will be closed from Tuesday (June 4) leading to bus route changes.

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Last week, A total of 616 houses in Bramley have been given the “precautionary” instruction not to use their water supply for drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth – though they can continue to use it to shower and wash hands.

Recent test results, showing a deterioration in water quality in some areas, now means that Thames Water need to go in and fix the affected pipe work, meaning roadworks.

Speaking to SurreyLive on Friday 31, Tess Fayers, Thames Water's regional operations director in Bramley confirmed the water works would continue for weeks. She said outside the bottled water station near Bramley library: “We've got work ongoing at the moment and very close to the petrol station.

"We've identified some sections of pipe that we want to replace. We've also boxed off the area that is the area of concern for us to make sure we can contain the situation. We're making those repairs and have had a good start. We're anticipating that it will take another three to four weeks to complete in total, but obviously we need to be guided by the results and the science and we will continue to be taking samples as we work through our works.

“We are removing those pipes that may have allowed contamination into the pipework, and we're removing those and replacing those with barrier pipes, so they cannot be impacted by any of the hydrocarbons that are leaching and through the soil and through the area.”

This is why Station Road will be closed, with Thames Water warning that there may be disturbance overnight and assuring residents it will do its best to keep noise and additional disruption to a minimum. The diversion will be B2129 The Street Wonersh, B2128 Wonersh Common, A248 Kings Road and A281 Horsham Road.

Surrey County Council say the work will have an impact on the junction of the A281 Horsham Road, Station Road and Snowdenham Lane. There are temporary traffic lights on Horsham Road at rhe roundabout. Snowdenham Lane is closed at the roundabout with Horsham Road. There is a diversion in place which goes along Foxburrow Hill Road and Iron Lane.

Station Hill road will be closing at the roundabout with Horsham Road at 5pm on Monday 3 June. The diversion will be B2129 The Street Wonersh, B2128 Wonersh Common, A248 Kings Road and A281 Horsham Road.

Thames Water estimates that the closures will last for two weeks. However, Surrey County Council is liaising with Thames Water to ensure works are taking place round the clock, day and night, to complete it as quickly as possible. Thames Water is placing acoustic boards around the works to help reduce the noise. These works may cause inconvenience to the residents, however, they are essential to ensure a safe and clean water supply to the community.

Public buses

Due to the closure of Station Hill, Stagecoach bus services 53, 63 and 503 will be diverting via Kings Road and Christmas Hill Road to Wonersh. Bus stops along Station Road will not be served. They will be diverting via Kings Road and Christmas Hill to Wonersh. Compass service 43 is diverting from Grantley Arms via Christmas Hill and Kings Road.

Compass bus service 24 is not diverted and will continue to use Horsham Road, but is experiencing delays.

School buses are also being impacted by the closure, you can read more about the which routes have been impacted here.

The fuel leak has already created disruption in Bramley, with Mehran, a local barber, complaining that road works among other factors had severely impacted his business. He said “I have lost a lot of customers. Usually it is very busy on a Friday afternoon, and business is nearly 60% down. I am very, very angry.”

Mehran in barbers
Mehran from the Bramley Barbers shop says he would usually be very busy -Credit:Surrey Live

It is not clear how long the road works will continue. Speaking to SurreyLive on Friday (May 31) Thames Water suggested that the issue could take between three and four weeks to fix. Surrey County Council say that the works are anticipated to last between six or eight weeks.

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