Gas pipe work to hit drivers

Ten days to carry out up­grade

Wishaw Press - - ROADS WARNING - Ross Thom­son

Wishaw drivers and res­i­dents will be faced with 10 days of up­heaval as work be­gins on up­grad­ing the gas net­work.

Gas dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany SGN will start work later this week to mod­ernise the gas sup­ply net­work in Heath­ery Road in Wishawhill.

The street will be closed while the work is com­pleted while drivers will have to con­tend with one lane be­ing closed on Glas­gow Road for traf­fic en­ter­ing Wishaw town cen­tre.

SGN project man­ager John Done­gan sym­pa­thised with mo­torists but in­sists the short-term clo­sure will be worth it. He 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, Wishaw homes and busi­nesses will en­joy the ben­e­fits of a con­tin­ued safe and re­li­able gas sup­ply for many years to come.”

The com­pany are in­vest­ing around £225,000 to up­grade the gas net­work in Heath­ery Road.

The 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 North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, SGN con­trac­tors will start work on the project on Satur­day. The street will be tem­po­rar­ily closed to en­sure the safety of road users and con­trac­tors, Smart Util­i­ties Scot­land.

The work will be the sec­ond ma­jor dis­rup­tion in and around the cen­tre of Wishaw tak­ing place.

Last week, we re­ported that the one- way sec­tion at Ke­nil­worth Av­enue will be closed for 10 work­ing days to al­low for the road to be widened as well as re­pairs to the road sur­face, foot­path and kerbs at this junc­tion.

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