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12 weeks of major gas works begin in Christchurch on Tuesday
BUSY roads in Christchurch town centre will be closed over the next 12 weeks from Tuesday as part of a £122,000 project to upgrade the local gas supply network.
Existing metal gas mains and services in Castle Street, Church Street and High Street will be replaced with modern pipes as part of a programme which is due to end in February.
All shops, businesses and car parks in Christchurch town centre will remain open during the project, including the Monday market, but concerns have been raised over how road closures will affect trade.
Councillor Peter Hall said: “Yes the work will be disruptive, but it must be done and we will do everything in our power to ensure inconvenience to residents is kept to a minimum.”
Secretary of the Affiliation of Christchurch Residents Association, Jim Biggin said: “It’s definitely a big project, but I’d much rather they do it in the winter once the roads have quietened down. Not a single resident has complained to me.”
Work will begin in Castle Street on September 24 and last for approximately three weeks with the road temporarily closed between High Street and Millhams Street.
Bus services into the centre will be disrupted as the nearest stops for the town centre will be Barrack Road and Fountain Way.
During the second phase, the works will move to Church Street for an estimated three weeks and traffic will be diverted via High Street, Sopers Lane and St Margaret’s Avenue.
The final phase of the project will see the works progress to High Street, which will be closed to southbound traffic for approximately six weeks.
All work will be suspended in December during the town’s busy festive season.
SGN Construction Manager Andy Gilbert said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to minimise disruption during this essential work.”
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