Major gas pipe replacement project underway in Lawford Road - delays and diversions expected for drivers - The Rugby Observer

Major gas pipe replacement project underway in Lawford Road - delays and diversions expected for drivers

Ian Hughes 9th Oct, 2017   0

A MAJOR gas main upgrade is underway in Rugby.

Engineers from gas network company Cadent have started work to replace nearly 1.4 kilometres of ageing gas mains under Lawford Road.

The 26-week project will see existing iron gas mains replaced with hard-wearing plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. The project is part of Cadent’s £65 million programme to renew 370kms of gas pipes across Warwickshire and the West Midlands this year.

The work is being carried out in three phases. Road closures and temporary traffic lights will be needed.




Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands, said: “This is a major investment in the gas network in Rugby. This essential work will mean local people will continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies to heat their homes, cook their meals and fuel their businesses for decades to come.

“This is a big project and to keep everyone safe while we carry out the work traffic restrictions will be needed. We will do our best to minimise disruption to drivers and the local community but would ask people to bear with us while we complete this vital work.”


It may be necessary to temporarily disconnect gas supplies for short periods while their gas service pipes – that take gas from the main in the road to their homes or businesses – are replaced. People will be informed beforehand.

Cadent employees and contractors all carry identification. Residents should always ask to see it before letting anyone into their homes.

Anyone with enquiries about the work should contact Cadent’s customer services team on 0800 0965678.

* Phase one is set to continue for another nine weeks and will see engineers replace the gas main on the north side of the road.

Lawford Road will be closed to eastbound traffic between Addison Road and Plowman Street. For traffic heading east towards the A426 there will be a signed diversion route. There will be temporary traffic lights at the junction of Lawford Road, Oliver Street and Northcote Road. At the end of this phase Campbell Street will be temporarily closed for a week.

* Phase two is due to start after Christmas and last five weeks. During this phase the gas main on the north side of Lawford Road will be replaced between Parkfield Road and Pinfold Street. When finished work will start replacing the gas main on the south side of Lawford Road, between these two junctions.

During the first part of this phase Lawford Road will be closed to eastbound traffic – drivers heading towards the A426 and the town centre – between Parkfield Road and Pinfold Street and a diversion route will be in place.

During the second part of this phase Lawford Road will be closed to westbound traffic – drivers heading out of Rugby, towards the A4071 – between Parkfield Road and Pinfold Street, and again a diversion route will be in place.

During this phase there will be a one-way closure on Addision Road. Drivers will not be able to turn into Lawford Road from Addison Road and a diversion will be in place.

Also during this phase there will be a road closure on Jubilee Street during weekends only.

* Phase three will see engineers replace the gas main on the south side of Lawford Road and is expected to take ten weeks.

Lawford Road will be closed to westbound traffic – drivers heading out of Rugby, towards the A4071 – from Addison Road to Plowman Street, and a signed diversion route will be in place.

During this phase New Street will be closed for two weeks.

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