Start date: 30 September 2019
Duration: 42 weeks
Page updated: 24 December 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 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 was be carried out by our contractor Forefront Utilities on our behalf.
Our work was postponed in November 2019 however, we'll return to continue our upgrades to the gas network on Monday 6 January 2020.
When we return, we'll be working to the east of Newington Industrial Estate, between properties 97 and 111 London Road. For everyone’s safety around our site, we’ll need to install temporary two-way traffic lights for approximately two weeks.
To guarantee gas supplies to properties in the area, we need to revise our programme of works, especially as we have entered the winter period where the gas demand increases. From Monday 20 January 2020, we'll be upgrading our network in the A2, working in Keycol Hill by Rook Lane, Sittingbourne. For everyone’s continued safety, temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place around our work area for approximately six weeks.
We have further work to carry out along the A2, Newington. We’re continuing to plan this and our revised programme of works with the local authority. We will share all the information with you once details have been confirmed.
To keep everyone safe, a temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place around our works when they restart. 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.
Following consultation with Highways England, an alternative route will not be in place for HGVs and no permit scheme will be used. 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.