Even worse traffic disruption than usual is possible in Dunstable town centre over the next few weeks while gas mains are replaced.
Pipe renewal work, described by National Grid as “essential to keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in Dunstable”, is due to start on Monday (February 23).
In a £53,000 project, National Grid will be upgrading 350 metres of gas mains in High Street North, High Street South, West Street, Church Street and Ashton Square.
The existing iron gas mains will be replaced with tough, hard-wearing plastic pipes that have a lifespan of at least 80 years.
The work is due to take six weeks and will start in Ashton Square before moving into the other streets.
It is anticipated that work will start in West Street, Church Street, High Street North and High Street South in the week commencing March 9, but National Grid says it will keep people updated.
For safety reasons, it will be necessary to install temporary traffic lights at the junction of West Street, Church Street, High Street North and High Street South while work is carried out in those streets.
National Grid authorising engineer Dilbir Chana said: “This is essential work that will ensure people in Dunstable continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for many years to come.
“We will do everything we can to complete the project as quickly as possible and to keep any disruption to a minimum.”
If anyone has any questions, give National Grid a call on 0800 0965678 or talk to one of the team on site who will be happy to help.