‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your ears’: Stratford residents invited to information event for town centre gas upgrade

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  • Stratford businesses and residents invited to public drop in event
  • Gas mains being renewed in Henley Street and Union Street
  • New pipes will keep local homes and businesses safe and warm for the rest of the century
Local gas network Cadent is inviting residents and businesses in Stratford-upon-Avon to ‘lend me your ears’ and find out more about a major upgrade of the town’s gas mains in Henley Street and Union Street.

The company will be holding a public information event tomorrow (22 August), in the Wolfson Hall, at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford, from 10am to 2pm. The event will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the project.

Cadent will be replacing ageing 1960s gas mains in Henley Street, home of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and Union Street, starting on 3 September. The work is expected to take 12 weeks and will ensure safe and reliable gas supplies to local homes and businesses until the end of the century.

Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in Warwickshire and the West Midlands, said: “We’re very keen for people to come and talk to us about this vital project. Henley Street is an international visitor destination so we want to work with local businesses, organisations and the public to minimise any impact and ensure the work runs as smoothly as possible.”
Engineers will be replacing the 1960s gas mains the size of a car tyrewith tough new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. The new pipes will keep local homes and businesses safe and warm until the end of the century.

Work will start in Henley Street on 3 September until 5 November. The new plastic pipes will be inserted inside the existing iron mains, reducing disruption and avoiding the need for an open trench down Henley Street.

The new pipe will be laid via three ‘connection holes’ – one at the top of Henley Street, one at the junction of Henley Street and Meer Street and one in Lower Henley Street, towards the junction with Bridge Street. Small holes will also be needed to replace service pipes – smaller pipes that link individual properties to the gas main in the street – for those buildings that have gas.

The work will not affect access to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the library, the Post Office or businesses and cafes in Henley Street. Vehicle access to Henley Street (during permitted hours) will not be affected.

The second phase of the project will start in Union Street on 4 November for three weeks. To carry out the work safely, Union Street will be closed to through traffic.

If anyone has any enquiries about this work they are can come to the information event or contact Cadent’s customer services team on  Find out more about how Cadent replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses.


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