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: 22 May 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.
We are nearing the completion of our project and our engineers are currently working simultaneously on the final phases.
To ensure everyone's safety, we've installed temporary two-way traffic lights at Eden Meadows and at Rock Lane. We're also using give and take priority outside 102 High Street.
To minimise future disruptions for the local community we collaborated with Kent County Council to allow them to carry out resurfacing works within our temporary road closure.
Following consultation with Medway Council and Highways England, the official diversion route for HGVs remains in place via the A2, A249, M2, and Hoath Way. We would encourage all commuters to please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.
All being well, we hope to complete our safety-critical upgrades around the end of June 2020.