Highway Updates London Rd

Published: 18 February 2021

INFORMATION FROM SGN GAS re A22 London Road, East Grinstead

Our forthcoming project to upgrade our gas network on the A22 London Road, East Grinstead involves the essential replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe. Our contractor, Medway Civils & Utilities will undertake this work on our behalf.

We know that during the coronavirus outbreak, our communities will rely on us now more than ever to keep them safe and warm. The safety of our communities and our employees will remain our number one priority in the weeks and months ahead.

Our safety-critical project to upgrade the gas network on the A22 needs to go ahead, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.

We have agreed with West Sussex County Council, as well as adjacent local authorities, to carry out this necessary work during the national lockdown to minimise disruption to the local community.

We’ll start our project on Monday 25 January and expect it to last for approximately six weeks. We’ll complete our work in four phases, as follows;

Phase one – lasting approximately one week

Our engineers will be working along the footpath on the A22 London Road from outside the Fire Station to opposite the La Farola restaurant. Traffic flow will be maintained in both directions.

Phase two – lasting approximately one week

On Monday 1 February, we’ll move into the carriageway on the A22 London Road, working outside La Farola. For everyone’s safety, we’ll close one lane of the carriageway while we carry out our work.

The bus stop outside the Fire Station will be suspended throughout.

Phase three – lasting approximately two weeks

On Monday 8 February, our engineers will be working in the carriageway on the A22 from outside the Fire Station to outside the entrance to Aldi. During this time, we will close this section of the A22. Signed diversions will be in place via the A22, A272, A3, M23 and the A264. Access will be maintained for properties and businesses between Aldi and the Lingfield Road roundabout.

To ensure local bus operators can to continue to serve the local area, we will implement one-way systems on Garland Road and Maypole Road. Access to Garland Road will be via A22 travelling southbound to Park Road only, with access to Maypole Road only possible via Park Road.

Parking suspensions will be in place on Garland Road and Maypole Road throughout. For further details regarding the bus route, please contact your local bus operator.

Phase four – lasting approximately two weeks

Our final network upgrade will be in Moat Road, at the junction with the A22. During this time, we will install temporary two-way lights around our work area. These lights will be manually controlled 7am to 7pm, to assist traffic flow.

The team have permission to work extended hours, including on weekends, to complete this work as quickly as possible.

We’re working closely with the UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work in line with expert advice during the pandemic. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical project. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

We’re writing to residents and other local stakeholders to make them aware of our project and explain the details of our work. Please feel free to also share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our project.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Stakeholder and Community Manager

SGN, St. Lawrence House, Station Approach, Horley, RH6 9HJ