We know that during the coronavirus outbreak, our communities will rely on us now more than ever to keep them safe and warm. The safety of our communities and our employees will remain our number one priority in the weeks and months ahead.
We need to continue with our safety-critical project to upgrade the gas network in Newington. This needs to continue now, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.
There’s more information about our coronavirus preparations here.
Start date: 30 September 2019
Duration: 42 weeks
Page updated: 2 April 2020
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 started on Monday 30 September 2019.
Following emergency work to repair multiple gas leaks underneath the A2 at Newington earlier this year (2019), we needed to replace 4.5km of old gas mains. We started our work at the A2's junction with Oak Lane and progressed eastwards along the High Street towards the Key Street roundabout. This work is being carried out by our contractor Forefront Utilities on our behalf.
Our project is progressing well and we have completed multiple phases of our project.
From Thursday 2 April, we’ll progress along the A2 from outside 97 London Road, upgrading our gas network in the High Street between Bull Lane and Wickham Close. Due to the location and size of our gas main, we need to close the A2 High Street for approximately four weeks.
While our engineers are working in the High Street, we will need to close Church Lane. We will also make Bull Lane one way and there will be no entry at Wormdale Hill.
Signed diversions will be in place for local traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained. Following consultation with Medway Council and Highways England, HGVs will be diverted via the M2 to avoid our work completely.
To complete our project as quickly as possible, we’ll also be working in Keycol Hill at the Key Street roundabout from Thursday 2 April. For everyone’s safety, the A2 Keycol Hill westbound lane will be reduced and restricted to access for smaller vehicles and deliveries only. All other motorists will need to follow the signed diversion route in place. We would encourage all commuters to please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.
To minimise future disruptions, while we're working in the High Street, we’ll be removing an existing gas valve located in the centre of the road and relocating it to the nearby grass verge. Kent County Council are also speaking to other utilities to seek collaborative working during our road closures.
We’re continuing to plan the future phases of our work in consultation with Kent County Council. We’ll provide details of our plans once confirmed. All being well, we plan to complete our necessary upgrades by the end of the school summer holidays 2020.
To keep everyone safe, a temporary 30mph speed limit is in place around our works. 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 may need to close other side roads during our project. Vehicles heavier than 7.5 tons will not be permitted to use side roads.
Once our work has been completed we’ll restore the road surface and safely remove all our equipment from site.
We'll provide updates on this page as our project progresses.