A key road on the Surrey border with London is set to re-open next week as an emergency flood defence scheme continues to protect the water supply of around 47, 000 households.
Last week, Surrey, Tandridge and Croydon councils, plus the military and Environment Agency, built four temporary reservoirs in Woldingham to prevent Caterham Bourne floodwater from:
· Shutting the Kenley waterworks two miles downstream
· Affecting around 450 nearby homes
· Worsening flooding on closed parts of the A22
The waterworks, which supplies around 47,000 households, would need to close if it were flooded.
The reservoirs have now slowed and diverted enough water so the A22 between Whyteleafe Hill and the waterworks will re-open from Monday. The A22 north of the waterworks remains shut, and is diverted via the B269.
Woldingham Road between Bug Hill and Wapses Lodge roundabout remains closed because of the temporary reservoirs built on neighbouring farmland, but engineers hope to re-open one lane within the next month or so.
The emergency reservoirs, which are as big as five Olympic-sized swimming pools, are expected to be in place until at least May to protect the waterworks and local homes. Three of the reservoirs take water from the Caterham Bourne, while a fourth acts as a back-up if heavy rainfall causes the others to overflow.
Neighbouring residents and landowners have already been briefed about the reservoir scheme, which will not flood any homes or businesses and will last until a long-term Government-approved solution is found.
If you have any specific enquiries about the scheme, please contact Surrey County Council’s highways team on 0300 200 1003 during office hours (8am to 6pm weekdays) or go to the county council website.
For more information on local access to homes and businesses along Woldingham Road, see Tandridge Council’s website.