Disruption caused by gas maintenance work in Clare is reduced

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The length of time that a main road in Clare will be closed for gas mains replacement work has been cut from seven to four weeks.

Cavendish Road will be shut between Harp Lane and Church Street from July 18 to August 17 and not the seven weeks initially planned after National Grid responded to public feedback.

National Grid is upgrading gas mains along the section of Cavendish Road, as well as in Church Street.

Work is due to start on July 13 - with the first week seeing temporary traffic lights in Cavendish Road - and will see the existing iron mains replaced by tough, hardwearing plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years.

Gas mains in Church Street will be replaced between August 10 and 30, when temporary traffic lights will move up the street as each section of main is replaced.

While Cavendish Road is closed to through traffic – from July 18 to August 17 – the following diversion will be in place: A1092 towards Long Melford, A134 towards Bury St Edmunds, A1302, A143 towards Haverhill, A1017, and then the A1092 towards Clare.

Acccess to Cavendish Road will remain for pedestrians. Businesses in the town will remain open as usual.

Bus services running between Haverhill and Sudbury, via Clare, will be split. Passengers will be dropped off in Clare and will then need to walk along Cavendish Road to pick up their connecting bus to continue their journey.

For information about bus services go to www.suffolkonboard.com, contact Suffolk Passenger Transport on 0345 606 6171 or go to www.beestons.co.uk.

Andrew Stone, National Grid Operations Interface Manager, said: “We had two very productive and positive public events – a drop-in session during the day and an evening public meeting.

“We were able to provide people with information on a variety of different issues, ranging from business compensation arrangements to traffic management, buses and emergency services access.

“We’d like to thank people for their time and thank the local authorities for their assistance, and, in particular, elected representatives Councillor Mary Evans and Councillor Alaric Pugh.

“It is vital we replace ageing gas mains so local people can continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies but we will do our utmost, working with the community, to reduce the impact of this work.”

To prevent HGVs entering the town, electronic variable message signs will be stationed at key points in the Clare area, warning of the road closure and diversion.

Businesses affected by the work may be eligible for compensation for loss of business under the Gas Regulations 1996.

Businesses can also find out more by going to www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas.

For more information go to ngrid.com/clare or contact National Grid customer services on 0800 096 5678.