Work to gas mains nearly complete

At one point, the works led to the pedestrian crossing near to St Paul's school on South Road being out of action.
At one point, the works led to the pedestrian crossing near to St Paul's school on South Road being out of action.

Disruptive work to replace an ageing gas mains in Alnwick is set to be finished early next week.

A spokesman for Northern Gas Networks, which is upgrading the old metallic mains along South Road, told the Gazette today that the work will be complete by Tuesday. Traffic management will remain in place until then.

The work, which began on Monday, September 9, was expected to take around nine weeks to complete and by next week will have been in place for just over 10.

At peak times, it has caused some delays for motorists, particularly at the start of the work and more recently when three-way traffic lights have been in operation around the war memorial junction.

The work was originally due to take place from the start of May, but was ‘rescheduled to take place after the summer holidays to avoid unnecessary upheaval’.

This, in turn, has led to the postponement of resurfacing work to Wagonway Road. Northumberland County Council had been due to carry out the repairs in October, but decided to postpone them as it would coincide with the ongoing works on South Road, essentially blocking the two main routes into the town from the south. They are now scheduled to take place later this month.