Works have begun to repair a water pipe in Tooting Bec Common, south of Bedford Hill Road (B242). Thames Water, Network Rail, Wandsworth Council and Enable Leisure and Culture along with Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee are working closely together to ensure that the section of work required beneath the railway line is carried out safely and with the least disruption possible.
160-metre section of water pipe is being replaced across the common and under the railway line and to make sure that local water supplies are maintained whilst the work takes place, along with a temporary booster station off Elmbourne Road.
The emergency works have meant that a section of the acid grassland restored by Tooting Common Heritage Project has been affected, but when the works are finished the acid grassland will be replaced back to its improved condition.
Two compounds are currently being set up, for preparation and the repair work.
Normal working hours will be 8am-5.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am-1pm (Saturday). However, a period of 24-hour working will be required when tunnelling beneath the railway line. During this time, extra precautions will be taken to keep any noise to a minimum.
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