Emergency water main repair on the A217 Brighton Road


11 April 2019

We've completed the repair and tested the new section ready to put the main pipe back into service. We start work on reinstatement later today and anticipate that the temporary diversions will be removed on Saturday.

10 April 2019

Work on the repair is progressing well and on target to be completed, with the carriageway reinstated, this week.  While on site we have taken the opportunity to replace 30 metres of the old steel pipe with a brand new ductile iron section to help improve the resilience of this part of our network and so reduce the possibility of the need for a full closure here on the A217, in the future.

9 April 2019

We are reviewing traffic management to assess and put in place additional signage and measures needed as quickly as possible.  Please allow extra travelling time when using the A217.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. Please bear with us as we work to complete this vital repair. 


We need to complete a vital, permanent repair to our 15 inch main pipe situated on the A217 Brighton Road (in the middle of the northbound carriageway next to Magnolia Drive). This is the steel pipe which dates back to 1931. We recently laid a brand new main in this area to improve the resilience of the network and we're pleased that because of this work we are able to complete the current repair without affecting supply to customers.

This repair is a challenge so for the safety of our teams and other road users, we will close part of the northbound carriageway on the A217. We have worked with Surrey Highways to finalise this and agreed the diversion and associated traffic management to keep traffic flowing.

We are sensitive to the inconvenience this work will cause on this busy stretch of road and will work as safely, efficiently and quickly as possible in order to keep disruption to a minimum.

This work will not affect the supply of water to your home, however if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at seswater.co.uk/contactus with any queries.

With the closure in place traffic flow will be slower and queing times will be longer so please allow additional time for you journey.

Why is this work necessary?

Date of works and closures 

Diversion map

Local road closures

Pedestrian access

Who will be affected

Keeping you informed

Why is this work necessary?

A temporary repair was carried to our water main in this location earlier this year. However, due to the location of the leak, in the middle of the northbound carriageway, a permanent repair could not be completed safely under the single lane closure we had in place at the time. The closure of the northbound carriageway will enable the final permanent repair to be made.

Date of the closure and how long it will be in place

The closure of the northbound carriageway from the junction of Tattenham Way on the A217 will be in place for the duration of the works which we anticipate will be for one week. To minimise disruption the work has been planned to take place over the Easter holiday. You will see and hear activity on site from the evening of Monday 8 April. 

 A small number of local roads will also be closed or have restricted access to aid the flow of traffic in the surrounding areas. Access will be available for residents and business.

The southbound carriageway will not be affected.

Diversion map can be viewed here.

 Local road closures include:

  • Starting at the junction of Tattenham Way, all northbound residential slip roads along Brighton Road will be closed. Residents can only access via southbound entrances – there will be signage in place
  • The Drive and Burgh Wood and access roads running alongside of A217 northbound  Access will be via diversions in place. There will be no access to the northbound A217 from either road
  • Chipstead Road will have no access onto the A217 northbound. A diversion will be in place
  • Access to Garratts Lane and Chipstead Road will be closed northbound. A diversion will be in place
  • Yew Tree Bottom Road East bound will be closed and a diversion in place.

Cycle and pedestrian access

  • Pedestrian crossings at Burgh Wood and Garratts Lane will remain in place and active.
  • Cyclists will be asked to dismount at appropriate sections of the road

Bus diversion

Diversions are in place for a number of local routes. Contact Metrobus for route enquiries.

Who will be affected?

In addition to the immediate community living and working in and around the area, commuters who use this route will be affected by the impact of these works.

Keeping you informed

This page will be updated as needed. We will also provide information and updates through digital screens and signage along the route.

Click on the quick links on the right hand side panel to our 'In Your Area' map for to see the closure in place and any other works in our supply area. Updates will also be shared through Twitter and local radio.

Our aim is to complete the repair with minimum impact on customers, the local community and commuters.  We apologise for any inconvenience this essential repair may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding. 


Quick links