Work to replace old gas mains at Lane End, Hambledon, started on Monday (Jan 4th), as previously announced, and will result in the road being closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to last 12 weeks.
Road closure and diversion signs are in place. Once excavation work gets under way the road will be closed at all times, the parish council has been informed.
The closure involves the section of Lane End, between Wormley Lane and Vann Lane/Cricket Green. Diversion signs instruct motorists to divert via Petworth Road (A283), Milford and Station Lane to Hydestile, and the same route in reverse for those leaving the village.
This is the quickest route for most, but for those living on Vann Lane and Upper Vann, a diversion via Pockford and Skinners Lane to the A283 on the outskirts of Chiddingfold may be more convenient.
The work is being undertaken by contractors Medway Civils and Utilities Ltd on behalf of SGN, the gas provider. Today SGN confirmed to Hambledon Parish Council that villagers should expect the road to remain completely closed at all times, day and night, for the duration of the work.
This is to ensure the safety of contractors and public and in order to undertake the considerable scale of the work involved.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout, as will access to homes in the area of the engineering.
In a statement to the parish council, SGN said:
“In order to safely upgrade our network, we need to carry out the following actions:
*Use the traditional open cutting method to access our main, rather than inserting our new plastic main into the old metal pipe. This is due to the condition and size of the gas main in Lane End. The existing main also requires specialist cameras to investigate and safely replace.
*Due to other utilities in the road and the presence of cables, we will be required to hand-dig some of our excavations.
*While we upgrade our network, we will also be replacing the service pipes to properties along Lane End. Many of the houses in this location have different service types, which increases the time required to complete the work.
Please be assured we will complete our network upgrades as quickly as possible and return things to normal as soon as we can, without compromising on safety – everyone’s safety is our number one priority.”
Although Lane End will be the location of the bulk of the work, SGN will also being carrying out upgrades as far as the beginning of Malthouse Lane. The area is best avoided altogether and Woodlands Road and Vann Lane should be used by villagers to reach the shop and Post Office at the Cricket Green.
Some road signs may seem contradictory. At the Hydestile Crossroads, motorists using the diversion through Milford and Station Lane will encounter a sign pointing them into the village. Those leaving the village will find a sign at the same location, pointing them in the opposite direction.
For more information on the work being undertaken, please see earlier news stories on this website.