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Gas mains upgrades in the pipeline for Clare

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A public meeting is being held in Clare to enable residents and business to find out more about gas mains upgrades in Cavendish Road.

The meeting at Clare Town Hall from 7pm on Tuesday, June 2 has been called by National Grid, which is renewing nearly half a kilometre of iron gas mains in Cavendish Road, between the Church Street and Harp Lane junctions.

The existing iron mains will be replaced with tough, hardwearing plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years.

The work is expected to take seven weeks and is due to start mid-July, with the bulk of the project taking place during the school holidays to reduce the disruption.

For safety reasons it will be necessary to close Cavendish Road from Church Street to Harp Lane while the work is being carried out.

Access to Cavendish Road will be maintained for pedestrians and businesses in the town will remain open as usual. A diversion will be set up.

Traffic management measures will also be necessary for Church Lane for three weeks during August.

Details of these are being confirmed with the Highways Authority and are likely to include temporary traffic lights.

Appropriate traffic orders will be in place throughout the works to enable National Grid to adapt traffic management to alleviate congestion and reopen the road as quickly as possible to vehicles in a safe manner.

Vince Doggett of National Grid said: “It is essential that we replace ageing gas mains so that local residents and businesses can continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.

“We would urge people to attend our information event so we can discuss the work with them, answer their questions and address any concerns.

“We have explored every option but unfortunately a road closure of Cavendish Road in this case is unavoidable. Every effort will be made to complete the work as soon as we can and minimise disruption to local people.”

Anyone unable to attend the meeting can contact National Grid customer services on 0800 096 5678.

Businesses affected by the work may be eligible for compensation for loss of business under the Gas Regulations 1996.

National Grid representatives will be visiting local businesses over the coming days to discuss the work and provide information about the compensation scheme. Businesses can also find out more by going to www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas.

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