National Grid addresses concerns over major gas works in Clare, councillor says

Cavendish Road in Clare is set to be closed for roadworks.

Cavendish Road in Clare is set to be closed for roadworks. - Credit: Archant

An energy company has “gone all the way” in addressing people’s concerns over major gas works in Clare this summer, a councillor has said.

At two public events last week National Grid explained the work, in Cavendish Road and Church Street, will be carried out in phases, together with the accompanying traffic management.

Work is due to start on July 13 and will see the existing iron gas mains in Cavendish Road, from Harp Lane to Church Street, and in Church Street upgraded to hard-wearing plastic pipes.

Following feedback from residents earlier in June, National Grid revised its proposals to reduce the closure of Cavendish Road from seven weeks to four. The company is aiming to complete the work within four weeks, working extended hours and using additional staff.

Access to Cavendish Road will be maintained for pedestrians, and businesses in the town will remain open as usual.

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Residents’ concerns had included whether emergency vehicles would be able to get through and access for buses.

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor for Clare, said: “I’m confident all the queries everybody had have now been answered and I look forward to everybody making good on their promises.”

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Andrew Stone, National Grid operations interface manager, said last week’s public events had been “very productive and positive”. “We were able to provide people with information on a variety of different issues, ranging from business compensation arrangements to traffic management, buses and emergency services access.”

The works are due to start in Church Street on August 10, lasting for three weeks, with temporary traffic lights. For more information go to

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