I am writing to update you on our project to replace the gas mains in Worple Road, Wimbledon.
In my previous communication I advised that we were due to start phase one of our work on Monday 19th October and expected this to last for approximately four to six weeks.
This initial phase of the project has now been postponed after taking into consideration the impact this would have on the local community and the businesses that have recently reopened after the recent shutdown. The more critical section of the work cannot be postponed and will be installed as planned with a starting date of 4th January 2021.
We will now commence our project in Worple Road on Monday 4th January, and it will last for approximately four months. Our engineers will be working from The Downs and then progressing north-easterly in sections down to Thornton Hill. Traffic flow will be maintained in both directions, however for everyone’s safety we will need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area.
Whilst our engineers are working close the junctions of The Downs, Edge Hill, Darlaston Road and Thornton Hill, we will need to temporarily close these roads at the junction with Worple Road. Signed diversion routes will be in place for motorists.
To access our gas pipe safely we will also need to suspend some bus stops and parking bays as we progress along Worple Road.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project and we are currently in discussions with TFL buses regarding the upcoming works. We will share details and links to TFL’s website once confirmed.
We are working closely with the UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we work in line with expert advice during the pandemic. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical project. There is more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus.
Our engineers are happy to answer questions at any time during our project. Please remember to keep a safe distance when speaking to our team or passing our site.
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, residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.