Update from SGN – gas network upgrade in A2/ High Street, Newington –Wednesday 10 June.

Southern Gas Network engineers are currently inserting the final sections of new plastic pipe in the A2 Newington as part of the programme of work developed with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply to properties in the local area and beyond.

SGN will shortly start the process of reinstating the road following the engineering work being completed. For everyone’s safety while this work is carried out, temporary traffic lights will remain in place around the work area.

SGN expects to complete the whole replacement project and safely remove the traffic lights from site by Friday 21 June, ten weeks ahead of schedule.

After close consultation with the local authorities and the community, the project began at the end of September 2019 and was expected to last 12 months. However, several contributing factors meant that it has been able to progress quicker than expected with the upgrade project.

For example, SGN engineers were able to use a new insertion technique allowing greater lengths of new plastic pipe to be inserted, and the teams were able to work simultaneously on different phases. Working closely with the local authority, and how they accommodated SGN’s needs for a full road closure, allowed SGN to speed up their progress further.

SGN would like to thank residents, traders, shoppers and road users for their continued patience and understanding while they have carried out this essential work to ensure the local community can enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.