Dear Resident,

Closure of Gore Hill

Further to my email on Friday, I am writing to update you regarding the closure of Gore Hill.

These emergency works are being undertaken by Affinity Water, and require two large reservoirs at the location to be fully drained.

The pipework normally used to service and drain the reservoirs has failed, and therefore Affinity Water are having to drain the reservoirs by installing over ground piping across the A355 to a nearby river for which they have gained approval from the Environment Agency.

Around 150 metres of drainage network is currently being installed, and despite these challenges, Affinity Water have been able to maintain water coming into the area whilst not increasing pressure on other areas of the Network which could potentially lead to multiple bursts.

TfB’s Senior Streetworks Technician has been in constant dialogue with Affinity Water and continues to visit the site daily to make further adjustments to the signs and traffic management where practical. We have also contacted Highways England to provide advance warning of the closure on their own signage. In addition, we have contacted Thames Valley Police to request that a Traffic Officer is present on site to assist with the enforcement of the signs. The closures and diversion routes continue to be published on our social media channels.

Affinity Water continue to work at this site 24/7 to ensure that the road will be able to open as soon as possible. It is now anticipated that the road will be reopened on Thursday, with traffic lights in place. This is however subject to change due to the complexity of the works being undertaken. We will continue to update you regarding this when further information is available. You are able to view information in relation to these works by following the link below and entering your location.

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Please accept our apologies for the disruption these emergency works are causing.

Kind regards,

Nick Reading
Network Strategy Manager
Transport for Buckinghamshire
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