As Hampden Park level crossing remains closed to traffic for another four days, motorists are facing more delays with the news that major gas work is set to start in the area soon.
The crossing has been closed to traffic since last Monday as Network Rail install new state of the art signalling equipment at the crossing, one of the busiest in Europe, and motorists have faced long delays with diversions through Cross Levels Way and Kings Drive.
Now Mountfield Road will be closed one way as Southern Gas Networks starts work to upgrade the local gas supply network and replace the existing metal gas mains and services in Mountfield Road with modern plastic polyethylene pipe to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area.
A spokesperson said, “The project will last approximately four weeks. The first stage of the work will take place within Network Rail’s closure of Mountfield Road. When the full closure is lifted, Mountfield Road will become one-way eastbound until Friday December 13. There will be no access to Mountfield Road from Mountfield roundabout during this time and a signed diversion will be in place for traffic wishing to travel westbound.”
Construction manager Alan Thompson said, “All our work is carried out in close consultation with the county council and we will be doing everything we can to minimise inconvenience.
By carrying out the first stage of our project alongside Network Rail’s work at the level crossing, we will reduce disruption to the local community. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by our work. We understand people can get frustrated by roadworks; however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years.
“This means when the work is complete, people will continue to enjoy a safe and secure gas supply for years to come.”