"Essential" gas works will close this St Mary Cray road for more than a month from next week
PUBLISHED: 15:08 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 19 July 2017
Works are expected to go on for three months
Motorists driving through St Mary Cray are set to face months of disruption as SGN carries out “essential” upgrades to the town’s gas network.
One business owner close to the roadworks says his company is “taking measures” to lessen the blow the works, which start next week, could have on business until the end of August.
From Monday, July 24, Leesons Hill and Station Road will be closed at the junction with Sevenoaks Way for five weeks as the £85,000 project to replace metal gas mains with modern plastic pipe gets underway.
Signed diversions will be in place during the first phase of the three-months works.
The junction will be fully reopened in September, when engineers move towards Springvale Retail Park, roads will remain open along Sevenoaks Way but the southbound bus stop will close.
The final phase starts in mid-September, and is not expected to affect motorists as work will be carried out on a roadside verge with no impact on the carriageway.
Nathan Collins, from Ceramic Tile Distributions on Murray Road, just off Leesons Hill, said: “We’re setting up banners to remind people that we are still open for business.
“Of course we’re quite concerned about the works, if it’s their first time visiting us and they’re not sure where to go, people could get put off having to go out of their way, but we expect our main customers to keep coming.
“As long as customers can see our banner and know that we are still open then they should keep coming.”
SGN Engineering Manager Paul Gibbons said: “We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning this work and we will be doing everything we can to limit disruption during our essential project, including working six days a week.
“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means once the work has been completed, St Mary Cray homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”
All businesses are expected to remain open during the work.