Start date: 30 September 2019
Duration: 42 weeks
Page updated: 19 November 2019
We’re investing £1.8 million to upgrade the gas network in the A2 High Street in Newington.
This essential work involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply.
In close consultation with Kent County Council, our project will start on Monday 30 September and last approximately 42 weeks.
Following our emergency work to repair multiple gas leaks underneath the A2 at Newington earlier this year, we need to replace 4.5km of old gas mains. We’ll start our work at its junction with Oak Lane and progress eastwards in 100-to 900-metre sections along the High Street towards the Key Street roundabout. This work will be carried out by our contractor Forefront Utilities on our behalf.
To keep everyone safe, a temporary 30mph speed limit is in place. We’ll also need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area which will move with us as we progress along the A2. To keep traffic flowing, we’ll manually control our lights Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 7.30pm, and between 8am and 5pm on Saturdays. These lights will still be in operation outside of these times.
We've reopened Mill Lane and moved our temporary traffic lights to the High Street, just west of Callaways Lane, to ensure everyone’s safety while we carry out a diversion to our gas pipe. This work will be carried out while developers lay necessary equipment and we expect our works to last approximately three weeks.
Once our work has been completed we’ll restore the road surface and safely remove all our equipment from site during the Christmas period. We will continue to work closely with Kent County Council to plan future phases in the new year and we will provided updated details once confirmed.
We may need to close other side roads during our project. Vehicles heavier than 7.5 tons will not be permitted to use side roads.
Following consultation with Highways England, an alternative route will not be in place for HGVs and no permit scheme will be used.
We'll provide updates on this page as our project progresses.