Monthly Archives: April 2014

Well Lane update 30/04/14

Sorry for the late update but I have been out this evening.

After yesterday’s soaking of the new road foundation the weather was kinder today. Today the contractors have removed the wet material they laid yesterday and relaid new up to the bend near Well Path. I am sorry they had to work a little bit later this evening but they were keen to get the material down and seal it because the forecast for tomorrow is not good. Because of tomorrow’s forecast the team will be on site but probably not get any further up the road but we will and see what tomorrow brings.

Well Lane Tuesday 29th

Today’s weather forecast was overcast with a few showers, but unfortunately we had a monsoon. This has caused a few problems, they have not got as far up well lane today as anticipated and there is some excess material piles on the side of the road, so be carful. At the moment tomorrow’s forecast looks ok so they should be able to push on.

Well Lane Update

Work continues in Well Lane, they are moving up in sections, as they do each section you will be unable to drive on it during the day. Don’t forget if you have appointments or to collect the kids leave a little extra time.

Work at the top end by Thames Water is still ongoing if a bit slowly but I am keeping a check on progress.

Letters where delivered last night to the residents on Well Lane who live in the area where the team are working today

Thank you for your continued patience and I will keep you updated .

Well Lane Update

Work will start in Well Lane tomorrow 28th April from the Lockfield Drive end. The repairs will be carried out in approx. 50 meter section of the road per day starting at 7.30am and will be reopened in the evening.. While these sections are being worked on you will be unable to drive on these sections. The houses on Well lane that are directly effected will be notified day by day. This is subject to weather, they will check the forecast each day and they can lay a new surface in light intermittent showers but not in prolonged heavy rain like we had Friday afternoon.

  • During the day both ends of Well Lane will be closed.
  • The Horsel Fish and Chips will be open as usual and can be accessed via Abbey Road or St Mary’s
  • Arthurs Bridge Garage can be accessed from Lockfield Drive
  • WF Senate Electrical can be accessed from either end day one and from Lockfield Drive there after
  • Side roads can be accessed but if they are working near the access to your road leave extra time encase they have to move equipment

Any questions don’t hesitate to call on 07889 289177


Well Lane Update

The information below is not an official release from SCC but put together from information I have gained and conversations I have been involved in.

Well Lane The story so far and what’s next.

Well Lane, unlike other roads completed under project Horizon, was always a rebuild and not just a surface so was always going to be a big job. Although surveys were carried out beforehand, once the top layer was removed it soon became apparent that the structure underneath the road was very poor. An onsite recycling process was to be used, adding lime and PFA to stabilise and bind the underlying material to form a stable base. This is a known process used throughout the country and  is environmentally friendly because you don’t remove material from site and is also a lot quicker.

However, this is where the problems started, other than the famous new water feature which was caused by a machine hitting a water main tender, the contractors machines have not damaged any other utility services, all the damage has been caused by a mixture of heavy machines, very weak and waterlogged ground under the road and old utility services. So although the plan was to finish before the weekend by Thursday 17th April (lunch time) it was clear this was not going to happen.

I got fully involved on Good Friday, when a sewer leak which had been cleared on Thursday reappeared. It soon became clear that there was a major blockage at the Well Close end of the road and a tanker was called in to clear the sewage and stay on station to keep it clear. While I was on site on Monday with the Thames Water engineers we noticed the cracks appearing around the man hole opposite Well Close and it was decided to fence the area off. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Thames Water team and their contractors and the Surrey emergency call out team who worked with me throughout the weekend to keep the site safe and minimise the inconvenience to the residents.

What’s Next

All water leaks on site have now been fixed.

All parties met on Tuesday to discuss the best way to move forward, Thames Water are going to deal with the collapsed drain between Well Close and the Roundabout. Residents have told me over the weekend that this is a long standing problem, so let’s hope we can cure this once and for all. The collapse of the ground and the pathway around the drain will be fully investigated and cured , I believe that this was done 2-3 years ago – let’s try and do it properly this time. Unfortunately this end of Well Lane will be close until we know that the road is safe to drive on. Thames Water will start work on 24/04/2014 and the work could take up to 10 days depending on what is needed.

Most of the heavy machines will be removed from site and we will repair the road in small sections staring at the Lockfield Drive end, taking away the surface material, recycling it off site then returning it and relaying it will then be sealed, they will then lay a top surface over the whole road. This way we can hopefully strengthen the road and give us a long lasting surface without damaging any further utilities but it will take a bit longer to complete. Because they now need lorries and different machines this work should start on Friday but at the latest Monday and should take 5-7 working days.

After the work has been completed we will make sure all gullies etc are clear of any building materials and flowing correctly. I will try and keep you updated as we progress but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call.


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