Gas network upgrade in the pipeline for East Grinstead as part of £74,000 project
4 October 2017
We will shortly be starting work to upgrade our gas network in London Road, East Grinstead.
As part of a £74,000 investment project to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local community, the existing metal gas mains need to be replaced with modern plastic pipe.
The essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive. Following discussions with West Sussex County Council, we’ll be working in London Road in two phases. Our project will start on Monday 9 October and last approximately 12 weeks.
From Monday 9 October, we need to temporarily close one lane in London Road (A22) from Station Road to St James Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane past our work area for approximately five weeks to ensure everyone’s safety.
To avoid disrupting the town in the run-up to the busy festive season, we’ll suspend our project from Friday 17 November.
On Monday 8 January, we’ll return to London Road to begin the second phase of our project. During this seven-week phase, we need to close London Road at its junction with Railway Approach. A signed diversion will be in place for through traffic in both directions via A22 Beeching Way, High Street and London Road.
SGN Engineering Manager Steve Colvin 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. Our engineers will be working six days a week to complete this project as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“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, East Grinstead homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”