Maidstone facing year of road closures due to gas work

Motorists in a Kent town are facing almost a year of disruption while roads are dug up to replace gas pipes.

The work in Maidstone town centre is part of a £350,000 project by Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to upgrade the local gas supply network.

Temporary road closures will be split into three phases, the first of which began on Tuesday, with the whole scheme lasting 50 weeks.

SGN said all shops and businesses would be open as usual throughout the work.

'Essential work'

Existing metal gas mains and services in the Stone Street area will be replaced with modern plastic polyethylene piping, which has a minimum lifespan of 80 years.

In the first phase, from 10 April to mid June, Knightrider Street will be closed and the one-way order from Stone Street to Mill Street suspended.

From mid June to October, Romney Place will close at its junction with Lower Stone Street.

The final phase of work, from October to March 2013, will close side roads at their junction with Upper Stone Street.

SGN apologised for any delays and inconvenience, but said the work was essential and disruption would be kept to a minimum.

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