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Gas works begin on Newark Road for seven weeks

Some seven weeks of essential gas works have begun on Monday, July 7, on Newark Road in Lincoln, with some disruptions expected to motorists and residents.

National Grid will lay a new gas pipe in the A1434 Newark Road, from the junction of Francis Street to outside the Grosvenor Care Home.

To carry out the work safely, temporary traffic lights will be installed along the site.

The bus stop outside Kwik Fit on Newark Road will also be moved to an alternative location. The pedestrian crossing outside the Gate House Pub will be suspended during the works.

The electricity and gas company say the old metal mains have come to the end of their working life and need to be renewed.

Engineers will replace them with new plastic pipe that, once in the ground, will last for up to 80 years with little or no maintenance.

Specialist technolog is set to reduce the time taken to carry out these works on one of Lincoln’s busiest roads.

Also known as ‘vacuum excavator’, the machine removes the soil and other materials under the road surface making it easier and quicker to carry out the excavation work for the gas pipe to be replaced.

The section of Newark Road in Lincoln will have temporary traffic lights for the duration of the works.
The section of Newark Road in Lincoln will have temporary traffic lights for the duration of the works.

National Grid Project Manager Paul Martin said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience that our essential work may cause.

“It’s a priority that we minimise the impact that our work has on motorists and local people.

“National Grid is always looking for innovative ways to reduce the inconvenience and disruption caused by our essential works, and this technology will cut the time needed to carry out the works safely and return the highway to its normal use.”

National Grid does not expect there to be any disruption to local gas supplies during the works.