Future-proofing Chelsea: Cadent starts work to replace historic gas mains

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  • Essential work to ensure safe and reliable gas supplies is now underway in Fulham Road and scheduled for completion in September 2017
  • Temporary lane closure in section of Fulham Road and road closure in section of Fernshaw Road with temporary traffic signals and a signed diversion in place
  • Local businesses and shops will remain open as usual 
Engineers have started work on the second phase of an essential gas mains replacement project  being carried out in Chelsea.

Work to replace ageing metal gas mains with tough new pipes got underway in Fulham Road this week and is currently scheduled for completion in September 2017. The essential project will help ensure local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.

To ensure engineers can carry out the work safely and efficiently the following traffic management will be needed:

·         The westbound lane of Fulham Road will be closed between Beaufort Street and Gunter Grove during certain periods of the work. Temporary traffic signals will also be in place to minimise the time and extent of the lane closure. Fernshaw Road is also closed until mid-July at the junction of Fulham Road with access and egress via King’s Road with a signed diversion route along Edith Grove and Gunter Grove

A public exhibition about the project was held in February to give the local community the chance to meet the project team, see detailed plans and ask questions.

Project Manager Stuart Donaldson said: “The pipes under the Fulham Road have been providing gas to Londoners for more than a century. Like other London infrastructure, they need work to replace and upgrade them.

“Our replacement programme will reduce the amount of repair work on our network along with the congestion this can sometimes cause. It will also help ensure we continue to provide homes and businesses with safe and reliable energy and support London’s economic growth.

The gas mains being replaced are over one metre in diameter and innovative technology will be used to insert the new pipes into these old mains wherever possible. This will reduce the need for digging and enable the work to be carried out faster.

All work is being coordinated with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Transport for London (TfL) to help ensure traffic disruption is minimised.

People may notice that the work is now being carried out by Cadent, the new name for the company formerly known as National Grid Gas Distribution. What hasn’t changed, is the skilled workforce, working hard to keep gas flowing to homes, businesses and community facilities across the area.

For more information call 0800 389 8261 or email info@communityrelations.co.uk
More information on local gas mains work can also be found at https://cadentgas.com/in-your-area


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