Half term roadworks
Written by karen on 22 October 2017
Roadworks close busy Sittingbourne junction.
Drivers are warned of traffic chaos on Monday morning as essential roadworks have began in Sittingbourne at a busy four-way junction over half term. Traffic Lights have been turned off and roads closed as schools in Sittingbourne break up for the October half term.
The busy junction of Bell Road, where it meets Brenchley Road & Capel Road has been closed for the next 10 days as the essential upgrade of Gas networks take place. SGN has explained that this is the best time for the works to take place, as schools across the town are currently on half term which will cause less chaos during peak times.
SGN have said “We’re about to start the final phase our £1 million project to upgrade the gas network in the Bell Road area of Sittingbourne”
“This essential work involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply. Following discussions with Kent County Council, our work will start on Friday 20 October 2017 and will last for approximately 10 days.”
“To ensure everyone’s safety, we need to temporarily close the junction of Bell Road, Brenchley Road and Capel Road. Signed diversions will be in place for motorists.”
“We’ve planned to carry out this stage of our project during the school half-term holiday to reduce inconvenience to the local community. We will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption during our essential work including working seven days a week.”
“We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Sittingbourne residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.”
Diversions are in place across the town, which will add to the usual Monday morning disruption during the Sittingbourne Regeneration Project which is currently affecting West Street, Station Street and St. Micheal’s Road. Roadworks are also affecting traffic at the lower end of Bell Road currently as Traffic Light replacement is taking place outside of Swale House.
Traffic can travel as far as the Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, before being diverted up Highstead Road. Traffic can still use Capel Road from Whitehall Road, and Brenchley Road can be accessed from Swanstree Avenue.
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