NATIONAL Grid’s project to replace gas mains in Bury St Edmunds, which has caused severe traffic congestion in the town centre, is now facing unexpected delays.
Last week, work to replace old metal gas mains with long-lasting plastic pipe began in Northgate Street and its junctions with Looms Lane and Mustow Street.
Although resurfacing work is due to take place on the road this weekend, which will allow the four-way temporary traffic lights to come down, work is set to continue further down Looms Lane until September 16.
A National Grid spokeswoman said to minimise digging and traffic disruption, where possible the new pipes were inserted into the old mains but in Looms Lane the existing main had been discovered ‘very close to a protected wall’ so a different technique was needed.
She said: “We fully appreciate that it’s been a bit of a nightmare down there but hopefully when we finish this, it will ensure a safe and secure gas supply for 80 years to come,” adding that National Grid hoped to make up the time it had lost. She urged motorists not to use College Street as a cut through while work there was ongoing as it was causing further delays.
Businesses that have lost trade due to the works can call 0845 7573202 or visit: www.nationalgrid.com/uk/gas/pipelines/streetworks/pipeline+replacement/claimformnov10.htm