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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Roadworks extended by four weeks

ROAD disruption at Kells is set to continue for residents as four more weeks of work are planned.

Work on replacing ageing iron gas mains pipes at Rosemary Lane is due to begin in September, but there will be road access with a traffic light system in place as well as ongoing work through the night.

A spokesperson for Northern Gas Networks said: “The essential work commenced in Hill Top Road on Monday, August 11. In order to carry out this section of the work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to close Hill Top Road to traffic for three weeks while work is taking place. Road access will be maintained for residents and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

“Work will then move into Harbour View and will be carried out under two-way temporary traffic lights for approximately three weeks.

“The final phase of the work will be carried out at the bottom of Rosemary Lane under a night-time road closure (11pm–7am) for approximately one week.”

The project is part of Northern Gas Networks’ ongoing development of the gas infrastructure across Cumbria and will involve replacing 1km of existing metallic gas main with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in the area for years to come.

Matthew McBride, site manager, Northern Gas Networks said: “Following consultation with Cumbria Highways department and key stakeholders in the area, we have agreed to carry out the Rosemary Lane section of the work under a night-time road closure which will help minimise the impact on traffic in the area.”

John Brannon, spokesman for the Prospect Area Residents Group, said: “At first we thought it was unbelievable as we thought the roads were going to be closed longer than they already have.

“We, as residents, are mostly disappointed with the lack of liaison.

“We know the work needs to be done and we are pleased Northern Gas Networks have taken steps to ensure the road remains accessible.”

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