Gas works mean longer closures for Rotherham roads

MOTORISTS in Thorpe Hesley and Wentworth are being warned that gas works on a main road will go on until next month.

The National Grid is renewing 300 metres of gas pipes in Hague Lane in a four-week programme which will involve replacing existing iron gas mains with new, hard wearing plastic pipes designed to last for at least 80 years.

To carry out the work safely, Hague Lane was to be closed on Monday to through traffic from the junction with Scholes Lane and Wentworth Road to the junction with B6090 Main Road in Wentworth.

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Access for visitors to Wentworth Garden Centre will be maintained from Main Road.

A short stretch of Wentworth Road in Thorpe Hesley will also be closed, from the junction of Hague Lane and Scholes Lane to the junction with Curlew Rise. Access to Thorpe Hesley will be via the B6086 Barnsley Road or via Brook Hill.

Joshua Eades, National Grid project manager, said: “This project will ensure that local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are working with local businesses, residents and the local authority to reduce disruption.

“Access will be maintained for visitors to Wentworth Garden Centre, which will remain open as usual.

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“If people have any queries about our work and how it will affect them, they can contact us on 0800 0965678.”

Diversions will be in place during the works, which will go on until mid-September.

The work is being carried out on behalf of National Grid by a partnership between Skanska and Morrison Utility Services.