Seven-week road closure ‘unavoidable’

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The closure of a main road into a popular tourist destination has been confirmed.

National Grid will be renewing nearly half a kilometre of gas mains in Cavendish Road, between Clare and Cavendish, from the junction with Church Street to the junction with Harp Lane.

There have been complaints from local councillors and business owners about the closure and how it will affect daily life.

In an effort to address any concerns, businesses and residents have been invited to a public meeting at Clare Town Hall on June 2 at 7pm.

A National Grid spokeswoman said the work, which is expected to take seven weeks to complete, is due to start in July, with the bulk of the project taking place during the school summer holidays to reduce disruption.

She added: “To safeguard engineers and road-users, it will be necessary to close Cavendish Road from Church Street to Harp Lane while the work is being carried out.”

A diversion route following the A1092 towards Long Melford, the A134 towards Bury St Edmunds, the A1302, the A143 towards Haverhill, the A1017 and the A1092 towards Clare will be sign posted. Access to Cavendish Road will be maintained for pedestrians.

Traffic management measures will be used in Church Lane for three weeks during August. Details of these are being confirmed with the highways authority and are likely to include temporary traffic lights.

Vince Doggett, from National Grid, said: “It is essential that we replace ageing gas mains so that local residents and businesses can continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.

“We would urge people to attend our information event so we can discuss the work with them and answer any questions.

“We have explored every option but, unfortunately, a road closure of Cavendish Road in this case is unavoidable.”