Works to replace an old gas main in Alnwick, which were due to start next week, have now been postponed due to the ongoing roadworks on the A1.
But the resurfacing of a stretch of road at the top of Clayport Bank will still go ahead, closing the road for three days from next Tuesday.
As reported on the Gazette website on Saturday, gas works on a stretch of South Road from the war memorial to the Oaks roundabout were due to start the same day, running for around eight weeks.
Signs had gone up to warn residents of the possible delays, but on Tuesday, a county council spokeswoman told the Gazette that they ‘have been rescheduled to take place after the summer holidays to avoid unnecessary upheaval’.
It is understood that Northern Gas Networks were concerned that the road they were going to be working on was already functioning as a diversion route due to the A1 roadworks and that the traffic would be too much for the traffic lights, which were to be manually controlled at peak times.
Alnwick town and county councillor, Gordon Castle, said: “A bit of me wishes that we could get this all out of the way at once, but it was decided that the disruption would be too much.
“I will be making as sure as I can that we manage this in such a way that we don’t impact on the tourist season.”
The work at the top of Clayport Bank, from the junction with the U3053 just below Chapel Lands for around 450m towards the moor, will still go ahead.
The road will be closed permanently during the works and a signed diversion will be in place.
The diversion route will be via the B6346, from Alnwick to Eglingham, to the A697, and onto the C90, which connects the Bridge of Aln to the Alnwick Moor road.
A county council spokeswoman added: “Residential access will be available, although there may be minimum delays such as moving equipment so residents can get into their homes.
“We will contact every resident affected and there will be a phone number provided if people need to get in touch for more information or for further arrangements to be made such as disabled access.”