We are working to upgrade the gas network in Luton Road, Chatham.
We are investing £590,000 to replace our old gas mains and services with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local area.
In consultation with Medway Council, we will start work on Monday 5 February for approximately eight months.
We’ll start our project in Luton Road at its junction with Chatham Hill. To keep everyone safe around our site, we’ll have temporary traffic lights in place at this junction for approximately five weeks.
After we’ve finished this first stage, our engineers will begin progressing southwards along Luton Road into Luton High Street. We’ll be replacing our gas main and service pipes along the western side of the road in sections and we’ll mainly be working in the footpath. However, we’ll need to move into the road at times to access our pipe and we’ll need to install temporary traffic lights when we do. We’ll manually control these lights to help traffic flow along Luton Road.
We’ll have two teams of engineers working on this project to carry out this work as quickly and efficiently as possible. While we’re working close to Chatham Hill, our engineers will be working seven days a week for five weeks. Following this, our teams will be working between 7am and 9am, Monday to Friday.
Further details about our Luton Road project can be found in our project leaflet. Please note, our start date stated in the leaflet has been changed to Monday 5 February in agreement with the local authority.
We understand 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, Chatham residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.
Update: 19 April 2018
Our engineers have finished upgrading our gas main at the Luton Road/Chatham Hill junction and we’ve now removed the temporary traffic lights at the Chatham Hill junction.
In agreement with Medway Council, we will postpone the second stage of this project and return to Luton Road at a later date to upgrade our gas network along the rest of the road towards Luton High Street. This will give local businesses, residents and road users some respite from our work. We will provide further details on when we’ll return to upgrade this section of our network once replanning with the local authorities is complete.
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