Work on a new five kilometre pipeline to secure water supplies in the Reepham area of Norfolk has got underway.

The £700,000 scheme by Anglian Water began earlier this month in farmland between Fakenham Road, Sparham, and Dereham Road, Reepham.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “The purpose of this project is to increase the flexibility in our network, helping to secure supplies for the Reepham area.

“The new pipeline will mean we can move water around the area more easily, helping to increase the resilience of customer’s supplies.

“The majority of work will be in farmland, however there will be some instances where there will be disruption to local roads between now and spring when work is expected to finish.”

From 17th November Nowhere Lane will be closed for four weeks with traffic diverted along the B1145 to Bawdeswell, and the A1067 Fakenham Road.

In the New Year work will need to close a lane of the B1145 Dereham Road, Reepham, for eight weeks, between the crossroads at School Road and the junction of Park Lane. Smaller vehicles will not be affected by this stage of work; however HGVs will be diverted along a clearly signposted diversion.

Unfortunately, the road will need to be fully closed to all traffic for one week in mid-February, this has been arranged to coincide with half-term to hopefully reduce the impact on local roads. Full details of the closure such as diversion routes will be available nearer the time.

Antony added: “We know work like this will cause disruption and we’re sorry for that; however we hope people will understand the long term benefits this work will bring.”