New proposals for Clare road closures

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After complaints about the closure of Cavendish Road in Clare, National Grid has invited villagers to another public meeting to discuss amended plans.

Last month concerns were raised by local people about the gas mains replacement work to take place in July, closing the A1092, forcing National Grid to review its plans.

New proposals include having Cavendish Road remain open to traffic until July 17, when term ends at Stour Valley Community School, with the first week of the gas renewal work – from July 13 to July 17 - taking place under temporary traffic lights.

A spokeswoman from National Grid said that together with Suffolk County Council they are liaising with those schools whose term ends the following week, with arrangements being put in place where there are school bus pick-ups within Clare.

Another change will see National Grid aim to complete work within four weeks, rather than the original seven weeks, with extended working hours and additional staff.

Concerns were raised over emergency vehicle access, with plans now in place to allow emergency access while the road closure is underway.

There are also revised bus timetables, while electronic variable message signs will be stationed at key points, warning of the road closure and diversion, alongside communication with major haulage companies to prevent heavy goods vehicles entering the town.

The company will be sharing its new proposals with residents and businesses and answering questions at two events being held at Clare Town Hall on Tuesday.

From 10am to 5pm, there will be a public drop-in followed by an evening meeting starting at 7pm and running until 8.30pm.

Andrew Stone, National Grid operations interface manager, said: “We have listened very carefully to the concerns raised by residents and businesses.

“We are working closely with the local authorities to ensure we minimize the disruption to local people.”