RESIDENTS in the east end of Forfar are bracing themselves for a fortnight of traffic disruption as major gas maintenance work is carried out on a short stretch of road, writes Janet Thomson.
Scottish Gas Networks have to carry out essential renewal works of the gas main in Gordon Street, which runs between Jamieson Street and Yeaman Street, and which helps feeds the traffic flow to and from Lilybank Crescent.
As a result Jamieson Street, which is a one-way street, will revert to two ways during the duration of the work, which is expected to last two weeks.
Letters have been issued to nearby residents who will be affected by the works, whilst plans have been put in place to divert traffic, including the local bus service, away from the area.
Letters issued last week by the network operations manager informed residents the essential works, which will see new pipes laid within the current network where possible, would start between February 13 and 22 and were expected to last for five weeks.
They explained that, to carry out the work safely, changes to the traffic system will have to be put in place.
As a result, Yeaman Street will be closed at the junction of Gordon Street, but pedestrian access will be maintained.
A diversion route will be set up via Jamieson Street and Montrose Road, and the one-way system in Jamieson Street will be temporarily suspended to allow the diverted traffic out onto Montrose Road.
When contacted by the “Dispatch” the company explained the work will start on Monday, February 13.
Laura Varney, spokeswoman for Scotland Gas Networks, said the section of pipe at the junction of Yeaman Street and Gordon Street requires the road closure and although they estimating the road closure will be in place for approximately two weeks.
The cost of the project is around £21,000 which will see old gas pipes replaced with new ones to secure a reliable gas supply in the area for the future.
She continued: “SGN has been working in close consultation with the local council. The council approved the road closure and are aware of the work we are doing to improve the gas supply for the better.
“We are working on a 30 year programme to replace all the metallic pipes within 30m of property with new polyethylene (PE) pipes.
“These PE pipes are more flexible and robust and if left undisturbed will last for decades, ensuring the continued benefits for gas for years to come.
“We have been working closely with the local council and are mindful of the issues surrounding traffic restrictions. SGN has been working to minimise disruption and would ask that the public has patience while we carry out this vital work.”
A spokesperson for Angus Council confirmed Jamieson Street would operate a two-way traffic system during the works.
She continued: “As far as buses are concerned, the journey on Service 23A that serves Lilybank Resource Centre at 11.11am will divert via Arbroath Road and Montrose Road to serve the Lilybank Crescent area.
“All other Service 23A journeys will serve Lilybank Crescent as timetabled but passengers should note that the stop on Gordon Street will be out of use for the duration of the works.”