We'll shortly begin gas network upgrades in the Gipsy Hill area to ensure a continued safe and reliable supply of gas is delivered to Norwood residents and businesses. Our engineers will be replacing our old metal mains with new plastic pipe.
Following close consultation with Croydon Council, Lambeth Council and the Greater London Authority, our engineers will be working in Gipsy Hill collaboratively with Thames Water, who are carrying out upgrades to their water mains.
Carrying out these gas and water network upgrades simultaneously will help to minimise disruption to residents and road users. We estimate that by working at the same time, we can save 42 days of additional work being carried out in the area by utilising a more efficient, one-dig approach.
The work will start on Saturday 24 July and last approximately six weeks. However, site setup will begin on the evening of Friday 23 July and we'll try to keep noisy activities to a minimum as we prepare to start our project.
Engineers from both companies will be working in Gipsy Hill between its junctions with Camden Hill Road and Westow Hill. To ensure everyone's safety, Gipsy Hill will be closed to motorists between these two junctions.
A signed diversion route is in place and we'd advise checking Transport for London's website for more information and updates on affected bus routes.
We may need to carry out some work in the footpath along Gipsy Hill, but all pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout.
Thames Water will continue to carry out further upgrades in the area following this collaborative project.
We’re working closely with the UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work safely and in line with expert advice during the coronavirus outbreak. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our customers from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out these safety-critical improvement works in your community.
We understand people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Norwood residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.