GET READY FOR 19 WEEKS OF MIS­ERY

Traf­fic dis­rup­tion as new gas pipes go in

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Shirley Bar­tynek

Com­muters in Hamil­ton are brac­ing them­selves for more than 19 weeks of road­works.

Gas dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany SGN will be­gin work next week to up­grade the gas sup­ply net­work in the town’s Both­well Road.

Of­fi­cials say the works are part of a £367,000 in­vest­ment to up­grade the gas net­work.

This es­sen­tial work in­volves the re­place­ment of old, metal gas mains with new plas­tic pipe.

SGN project man­ager David Black said: “A lot of plan­ning has gone into this project and we’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to limit dis­rup­tion.”

Com­muters in Hamil­ton are set to face 19 weeks of road­works mis­ery as es­sen­tial gas works take place.

Gas dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany SGN will shortly be start­ing work to up­grade the gas sup­ply net­work in Both­well Road, Hamil­ton.

Of­fi­cials say the works are part of a £367,000 in­vest­ment to up­grade the gas net­work in the area.

This es­sen­tial work in­volves the re­place­ment of old, metal gas mains with new plas­tic pipe to en­sure a safe and re­li­able gas sup­ply for many years to come.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the project will start on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, and last ap­prox­i­mately 19 weeks.

SGN say from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, they will be work­ing in Both­well Road from its junc­tion with Arthur Street pro­gress­ing north to its junc­tion with May Street.

The work there will last around seven weeks and for safety rea­sons they will need to close the near­side lane in Both­well Road’s north­bound car­riage­way.

This lane clo­sure will be in small sec­tions pro­gress­ing north­ward with their work.

Af­ter a short break for Christ­mas and the New Year, the works will con­tinue to Both­well Road near the en­trance to the in­dus­trial es­tate op­po­site Hamil­ton Race Course.

For the re­main­ing seven weeks of the project, they will be work­ing in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Both­well Road be­tween May Street and Candymill Lane.

Again, the near­side lane in Both­well Road’s north­bound car­riage­way will be closed in the sec­tions they will be work­ing in.

The only ex­cep­tion is for a short phase of work at the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary 2019.

At the be­gin­ning of this phase, the near­side lanes will be closed in both car­riage­ways.

The near­side and off­side lanes in both car­riage­ways will then re­open to­wards the end of this phase of work.

SGN project man­ager David Black said: “A lot of plan­ning has gone into this project and we’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to limit dis­rup­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that road­works can be frus­trat­ing, how­ever, the new plas­tic pipe has a min­i­mum lifes­pan of 80 years.

“This means once the work has been com­pleted, Hamil­ton homes and busi­nesses will en­joy the ben­e­fits of a con­tin­ued safe and re­li­able gas sup­ply for many years to come.”

A lot of plan­ning has gone into this project and we will be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to limit dis­rup­tion Frus­tra­tion Driv­ers in the Both­well Road area of Hamil­ton face 19 weeks of road­works

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