We’re investing £655,000 to upgrade our gas network in Church Road and Sackville Road, 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 start our project on Wednesday 25 October 2017. We’ll be working in Church Road and Sackville Road in five phases over 14 weeks.
The innovative robot will work underground to seal the joints in our gas main underneath Church Road and Sackville Road. As the robot works in the live gas pipe, there’s no need to interrupt supplies as we upgrade our network.
We’ll need to suspend some parking around our work areas but we’ll maintain two-way traffic around our site. More information about where we’ll be working and when can be found in our project leaflet.
To minimise disruption to the local community over the busy festive period, we’ll suspend our project from Thursday 21 December until the first week in January. When we return to Church Road in early January, we’ll need to temporarily close the slip road from Church Road to Holland Road for approximately three weeks.
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, CISBOT is able to travel approximately 170 metres along the gas pipe in each direction from a single excavation. This means we’ll be able to upgrade over 1,100 metres of our network without the need for long trenches along Church Road and Sackville Road to access our pipes. By using our innovative CISBOT technology, we’re able to upgrade our gas main faster and reduce the impact of our essential work on Hove residents and road users.
Update: 20 November 2017
Our Church Road project is progressing extremely well. We have already completed three of our five phases. This means we’re able to begin the section of our work in Church Road west of Hove Town Hall today, ahead of schedule. Temporary traffic lights are now in place on Church Road to keep everyone safe around our site.
We also now hope to complete our final phase - the slip road closure – before Christmas. From Monday 11 December, we’ll temporarily close the slip road from Church Road to Holland Road. We are aiming to finish this phase and complete our Church Road project by Friday 22 December, when we were due to suspend work for the festive period. To do this, we’ll be working extended hours and at the weekend during this phase. All being well, we won’t need to return to Church Road in the new year.
CISBOT in action