New chapter for historic town: Ageing gas mains being replaced in Bury St Edmunds

  • Major scheme underway to replace ageing gas mains in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds
  • Essential project will help ensure local community remain connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating
  • Local businesses will remain open as usual throughout the project
A major scheme to replace ageing gas mains in historic Bury St Edmunds recently got underway.
Cadent is carrying out essential work in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, to replace the old gas mains with tough new pipes which should last for many decades, keeping local homes, businesses and community facilities connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.

Work has started in St Andrew’s Street South at the junction with Risbeygate Street and will continue to the end of the road where it merges with Parkway.

To enable the work to be carried out safely and efficiently traffic management is being used – this includes the use of multi-directional traffic lights, partial lane and road closures.

The project is being delivered in two phases and traffic management will vary according to what is required for each phase.

Phase One: St Andrew’s Street South between junctions with Risbeygate Street and Woolhall Street (Currently underway expected to be completed August 2018)
This work is currently underway. Rolling multi-way traffic lights which are being manned between 6am and 6pm are being deployed to manage traffic flows.

Phase Two: St Andrew’s Street South between junctions with Woolhall Street and Parkway (Currently scheduled for between August and November 2018)
 When the team reach the junction with King’s Road there will be a full road closure from King’s Road to Robert Boby Way. Any traffic coming down Robert Boby Way will only be able to turn right southbound during this time. When work reaches the junction of Robert Boby Way there will be a full road closure from Robert Boby Way to Parkway, with any traffic moving down Robert Boby Way only be able to turn left northbound on that occasion.  Multi-way traffic lights, manned between 6am and 6pm, will again be used to manage traffic flows.

Cadent Authorising Engineer Vince Doggett said: “We’ve carefully planned our work to ensure that it’s delivered with as little disruption as possible.

“Our preparations have included close discussions with the local authorities and carrying out ground surveys to come up with the best plan possible to deliver this essential work.”

He added: “We’ll also insert the new pipes into the old gas mains where possible which reduces the need for large excavations and minimises disruption.

“Our project will help ensure local people keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas for cooking and heating – another chapter in Bury St Edmunds long and eventful history.”

For more information on the work call 0800 096 5678, more information on Cadent’s gas mains replacement work can also be found at


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