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Newington Parish Council

Notification of major gas works: A2/ High Street, Newington

By Mrs Wendy Licence Newington Parish Council

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

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Details of the forthcoming upgrade to the gas network A2/ High Street, Newington.

SGN'S project involves the essential replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area continues to be provided. SGN'S contractor, Forefront Utilities will be undertaking this work on their behalf.

In close consultation with Kent County Council, the project will start on Monday 30 September and last approximately 42 weeks.  4.5km of old gas mains underneath the A2 will be replaced, starting in London Road at its junction with Oak Lane, Hartlip Hill and progressing eastwards to Key Street Roundabout.

To keep everyone safe, there will be temporary traffic lights in place around the work area. The traffic lights will move as the work progresses eastwards along the road. The traffic lights will be manually controlled when the contractors are working to keep traffic flowing along the A2. The lights will be opereated Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 7.30pm, and between  8am and 5pm on Saturdays.

To help keep the traffic moving through the temporary traffic lights, there will be a signed diversion for HGVs throughout the project. HGVs will be diverted via the M2 to avoid the work completely. Local access for HGV deliveries will be maintained.

While the engineers are working close to Oak Lane and Mill Lane, these roads will be temporarily closed  at the junction with London Road. As soon as the work area has progressed safely past the junction, each side road will be fully reopened. Oak Lane will be closed from Monday 30 September for approximately four weeks to ensure everybody’s safety. Then Mill Lane will need to be closed and other side roads as the project progresses. Signed diversion routes will be in place for motorists.

SGN is continuing to plan the future phases of its work in consultation with Kent County Council and will provide details of their plans once confirmed.

SGN understands that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, local residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

A map and updates on SGN's project can be found on their dedicated website page here.

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