Work begins on mile-long pipe to prevent flooding

Hambledon residents Tony Higham and Neil Mason next to a model showing the size of the pipe  Picture: Malcolm Wells (142863-1529) PPP-141013-213849003
Hambledon residents Tony Higham and Neil Mason next to a model showing the size of the pipe Picture: Malcolm Wells (142863-1529) PPP-141013-213849003

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WORK begins this week on building a huge underground pipe to prevent a village flooding.

Contractors from Mildren Construction start work today on building a mile-long pipe beneath West Street and East Street in Hambledon.

The pipe will collect groundwater from the hills and will drastically reduce the chances of a repeat of last year’s major flood.

The work is set to last 15 months.

Road closures will come into force later this month.

Parts of West Street and East Street will be closed in sections while the underground pipe is built.

A diversion route for traffic will be set up around the village via Green Lane and Brook Lane.

The £4.3m scheme is being overseen by Hampshire County Council.