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 carry out safety-critical work to upgrade the gas network in your area. This needs to go ahead now, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.
Following close consultation with Kent County Council, our project will start on Monday 15 June and last approximately 14 weeks.
Our engineers will be working in Tonbridge High Street between its junction with Portman Park to outside The Ivy House.
To ensure everyone's safety while we upgrade our network, High Street will be closed to northbound motorists around our work area. A signed diversion will be in place via Bordyke, Hadlow Road and Yardley Park Road.
HGVs travelling northbound will need to follow the alternative signed diversion route via the A26, A21 and B245 London Road.
Southbound traffic along High Street will be unaffected by our work here.
Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained with social distancing.
We’re working closely with 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 our safety-critical project.
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when our work in Tonbridge is complete, residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.
Project update: Tuesday 14 July
Our engineers continue to upgrade our network in the High Street at the junction with Portman Park. Having replaced more than 60 metres of pipe along the High Street north of Tonbridge School, we’ve also now completed upgrading a section of our network at the Portman Park junction. We’re working to restore the road surface on both sides of the crossing this week.
Once we’ve finished our work at Portman Park, we’ll begin inserting our new main along the southern section of the High Street from Tonbridge School towards Bordyke.
We're still on track to complete our work within our 14-week plan and we'll post further updates on our progress here.