We’re investing £1.45 million to upgrade our gas network in Kingsway and King’s Road in Brighton and Hove. We’re using an innovative robotic system called CISBOT to carry out this work, which will ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.
In consultation with Brighton and Hove City Council, we’ll begin our project during the week commencing Monday 12 June 2017 and it will last approximately eight months.
The innovative robot will work underground to seal the joints in our gas main along the A259 from St Aubyns in Hove to The Grand hotel in Brighton. We’ll need to implement a temporary lane closure around our work area to ensure everyone’s safety. We’ll start work in the westbound carriageway of the A259 Kingsway at St Aubyns and progress eastwards in phases. We may need to close a lane in both directions at times, but we’ll always maintain two-way traffic along the A259 during our project.
Further details about our work can be found in our project information leaflet.
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, CISBOT can travel approximately 170 metres along the gas pipe in each direction from a single excavation. This means we’re able to upgrade this 2,500-metre section of network without the need for long trenches along the A259 to access our pipe. By using our innovative CISBOT technology, we’re able to upgrade our gas main faster and reduce the impact of our essential work on the city’s residents and road users.
Update: 27 November 2017
Our engineers made fantastic progress on our Kingsway project and we completed this project at the start of November, almost three months ahead of schedule.
We appreciate the patience and support of the city’s residents and road users during our essential work.
CISBOT in action