Gas distribution company SGN commenced a £400,000 project to upgrade the local gas supply network in the High Street yesterday (28 May).
The essential work involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local community. It forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive.
The work will take place in four phases expected to last around 22 weeks. It will involve temporary lane closures, road closures, and traffic lights.
Phase one – approximately nine weeks
- 28 May SGN start work in the High Street.
- To ensure everyone’s safety, they will need to temporarily close the eastbound lane from its junction with the Robin Hood roundabout with Brook Street/London Road, to outside Brown & Merry estate agents.
- They’ll be working in the High Street in sections, moving work with them as they progress along the road.
- A signed diversion will be in place for access to Forge Car Park. From Tuesday 28 May, access will be via the High Street. From Monday 8 July, access will be via the Robin Hood roundabout. Access for residents and to side roads will be maintained.
Phase two – approximately four weeks
- From Monday 29 July the High Street will be temporarily closed from Brown & Merry estate agents to its junction with Frogmore Road for approximately four weeks.
- Access to the east of the High Street and Forge Car Park will be via the Robin Hood roundabout.
Phase three – approximately two weeks
- From Monday 26 August temporary traffic lights will operate in the High Street at its junction with Frogmore Street/Akeman Street to ensure everybody’s safety around the work area.
Phase four – approximately seven weeks
- From Monday 9 September the High Street will be temporarily closed from its junction with Frogmore Street/Akeman Street to the junction with the roundabout at Christchurch Road/Western Road/Langdon Street.
SGN Engineering Manager Steve Hawkins said: ‘We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning this work and we will be doing everything we can to limit disruption during our essential project.
‘We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years.
‘This means once the work has been completed, Tring homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.’
All businesses in the local area will remain open as usual during the work. Local small businesses which suffer a genuine loss of trade due to the work may qualify for SGN’s compensation scheme. Packs are available from sgn.co.uk in the Publications section.