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These are the Romford roads that will be closed over the summer during town’s eight-week gas mains upgrade

PUBLISHED: 12:56 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:56 16 July 2018

Victoria Road in Romford

Victoria Road in Romford

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A number of streets in Romford are set to be closed to the public over the summer months as part of an eight-week upgrade to the town’s major gas pipes.

Engineers from Cadent, working for the National Grid, will be reconfiguring gas mains in Victoria Road, Romford, to help ensure the community keep enjoying safe, reliable and efficient gas supplies in the future.

The work is due to start on Tuesday., July 24, and is scheduled to take eight weeks to complete – the idea behind doing it now is to have the majority of the work completed by the end of the school summer holidays when there will be less commuters on the road.

Engineers will be working in Victoria Road, Albert Road, Carlisle Road, Manor Road and Mercury Gardens.

During the first phase, running from July 24 to August 28, Victoria Road will be closed at the junction with Mercury Gardens, and Albert Road will be closed at its Victoria Road exit and made temporarily two way to vehicles running between Shaftesbury Road and Moss Lane.

Phase two, running from August 28 to September 18, will see the closure at Victoria Road junction with Mercury Gardens reduced to an eastbound directional closure, while Carlisle Road will be closed to traffic.

Manor Road will remain open for the majority of the project as a bus diversion route, it will then be closed for the final connection work at the end of the project with Victoria Road reopening under two way traffic lights.

Throughout the project, all shops and businesses will remain open as usual and Cadent will do all it can to deliver the work with as little disruption as possible.

Cadent Authorising Engineer Mick Morris said: “This project involves reconfiguring the gas mains network to ensure local people remain connected to safe, reliable and efficient gas supplies for cooking and heating.”

He added: “We’ve worked closely with the London Borough of Havering to ensure any inconvenience to people who work, live or travel through the area is minimised during our work.

“Steps we’ve taken include using technology to carry out the work by accessing the gas mains through three insertion points – rather than by digging traditional large open trenches – doing this will reduce a lot of disruption for road users.

“Also scheduling the bulk of the work for the school summer holiday period when roads are traditionally quieter will further minimise inconvenience.”

The project work is part of Cadent’s investment to replace and upgrade the gas mains in London to help ensure the capital enjoys a 21st century infrastructure network and remains one of the world’s leading cities.

If you require further information on the work please call 0800 096 5678, more information on Cadent’s gas mains replacement work can also be found at www.bettergaspipes.co.uk

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