SGN Natural Gas has commenced work to lay a distribution gas main which will enable businesses in the Granville Industrial Estate outside Dungannon to connect to natural gas in the near future.
Pipe laying work started on Granville Road at the junction of Granville Industrial Estate on Monday 13th August and will progress towards Dungannon town. Traffic management for the first two weeks will be with traffic lights so that traffic can travel along the Granville Road.
From Monday 27th August, the works will necessitate a road closure for five weeks on the Granville Road between the junction of Granville Industrial Estate and the B45 Eglish Road.
Access will be provided for local residents and landowners along the closed section of road. The diversion route is via the B45 Eglish Road and the A4 Woodlough Road.
SGN Natural Gas stressed that the existing footpath on Granville Road will be maintained to allow pedestrian access for the duration of the works.
David Butler, Head of Engineering with SGN Natural Gas, said agreement to close the stretch of road to through traffic for five weeks– with the exception of access for local residents and landowners – was taken following the necessary engagement with DfI Roads.
He explained that the temporary road closure from 27th August was deemed to be the safest, most efficient and practical way to carry out the distribution work required. Messaging signs will be erected on the A4 prior to the road closure.
Mr Butler continued: “Our contractors, Kier have engaged directly with businesses in Granville Industrial Estate and Dungannon Mart to explain the works and provided contact details should they have any issues. Each business has also been provided with a copy of the diversion route.
“We will continue to do all that we can to minimise disruption while significant ongoing work takes place to develop the SGN Natural Gas network which will enable homes and businesses in a number of key towns in the western area including Dungannon, to have access to natural gas as soon as possible.
“We would once again like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience and co-operation. We are confident the long term benefits of natural gas will outweigh the temporary inconvenience.”
Details of roadworks and estimated timelines for completion are updated regularly on the ‘Help and advice’ section of the website.