Northbound traffic diverted as gas mains work starts in Oulton Broad

The diversions in place during work on the gas mains in Oulton Broad. Graphic: Archant.

The diversions in place during work on the gas mains in Oulton Broad. Graphic: Archant. - Credit: Archant

Work has started today on a major project to replace ageing gas mains in Oulton Broad.

Traffic going through Bridge Road in Oulton Broad, pictured before work started. Picture: Nick Butch

Traffic going through Bridge Road in Oulton Broad, pictured before work started. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The scheme is expected to continue until Easter, with four diversion routes in place.

The works will see the gas mains replaced between the Shell service station in Normanston Drive, passing by Oulton Broad North railway station, to Oulton Broad library in Bridge Road.

To enable the work to be carried out safely and efficiently, Bridge Road will become a temporary one way system. Northbound traffic - heading into Lowestoft - will be diverted via diversion routes, shown on the map.

To alleviate traffic congestion, two northbound lanes are to be kept open on the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft between 6am and 8pm.


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National Grid have said the existing metal gas mains are nearing the end of their operational life and must be replaced to ensure people have access to safe and reliable gas supplies.

Some parking bays in the area will be temporarily suspended and gas pipes in Holly Road, Harbour Road, Commodore Road and Mizpah Cottages will also need to be replaced.

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Residents are reminded they should ask to see official identification from any engineers seeking access to their properties. To verify their identity call 0800 096 5678.

•How are the roadworks affecting you? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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