Future-proofing Southend-on-Sea: Securing local gas pipes into the 22nd century

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  • Cadent to replace ageing gas mains in High Street and Wakering Road, Southend-on-Sea
  • Work due to star in early October and last for approximately 18 weeks
  • Project will help ensure local area stays connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for heating and cooking into the 22nd century
Engineers are preparing to replace ageing gas mains and service pipes in Southend-on-Sea with tough new pipes which should last into the 22nd century.

This essential work will help ensure local people keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking, heating and hot water.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday 5 October and is expected to take approximately 18 weeks to complete.
To minimise disruption its planned to carry out the work in two phases as follows:
Phase One
The first phase will be carried out in High Street Southend between the junctions with Elm Road and Gunners Road. Work will be done in two sections.
The first section will involve work between Elm Road and Southchurch Avenue. Once this work is completed work will shift to between Southchurch Avenue and Gunners Road.
During this time a diversion will be in place via Smith Street, Campfield Road, Ness Road and Elm Road, and vice versa.
Parking, waiting, loading and unloading on High Street from its junction with
Elm Road to Gunners Road will temporarily be suspended.
Phase Two
The work will proceed into Wakering Road from the High Street.
A diversion will be in place via Elm Road, Ness Road, North Shoebury Road, Poynters Lane to Wakering Road and vice versa.
Parking, waiting, loading and unloading will also be temporarily suspended on Wakering Road from its junction with Elm Road to outside No155

Cadent Authorising Engineer Jason Allday said: “We’ve carefully planned our work in close discussion with the local authorities.
“We’re doing all we can to ensure this essential work is delivered with as little disruption to the local area as possible.”

He added: “Our work will help ensure local people keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas for cooking and heating in the future.

For more information on the project call 0800 096 5678, more information on Cadent’s gas mains replacement work can also be found at www.bettergaspipes.co.uk

The UK Government has classed work undertaken by energy networks like Cadent as essential during the Coronavirus outbreak, as they are ensuring a safe and reliable gas supply. Engineers work to the latest government guidance and are taking extra safety precautions as required.


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