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.
At the end of last year, we temporarily postponed our gas mains replacement project on the A264 Langton Road, Tunbridge Wells. We now need to return to the A264 to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply. This safety-critical project to upgrade the gas network needs to go ahead, rather than wait until the pandemic passes.
In close consultation with Kent County Council, we’ll start our project on Monday 15 March and expect it to last approximately three weeks.
Our engineers will be working on the A264 Langton Road from the junction with Newlands and progressing eastbound just beyond the junction with Holmewood Ridge. For everyone’s safety, we’ll install temporary traffic lights around our site. These lights will be manually controlled between 7am and 7pm to manage traffic flow.
We’ll need to return to the A264 to complete further upgrades along the road at a later date. We’ll continue to work closely with Kent County Council to plan this work in.
We’re working closely with the UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work in line with expert advice during the pandemic. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical project. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus
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 the work is complete, Tunbridge Wells residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.