Newtongrange gas network upgrade begins

Newtongrange roadworks will last 18 weeks
Newtongrange roadworks will last 18 weeks

Gas distribution network company SGN is investing £135,000 to upgrade the gas network in the Newbattle Road (B703) and Main Street area of Newtongrange.

The work will start on Tuesday, March 29 and take approximately 18 weeks.

This essential work involves reinforcing the existing gas network to provide more capacity to meet the demand for gas in the area both now and in the future.

The work has been planned in consultation with Midlothian Council and SGN will continue to work with the local authority and community throughout the course of this project.

To minimise disruption the work will be carrying out our work in two phases. The first phase will see SGN working in Newbattle Road (B703) between The Beeches and Bryans Road. Newbattle Road will be closed between The Beeches and Bryans Road for the duration of this phase. There will be a diversion for traffic via The Beeches, Mansfield Road and Bryans Road. This diversion route will also be used by the local bus service.

Access will be maintained at all times for residents of Newbattle Road. Access points will vary throughout the work and the residents will be kept informed in advance of these changes.

The second phase of work will follow on from the completion of the first phase. During the second phase SGN will be working in Main Street, between Bryans Road and 99 Main Street. For everyone’s safety there will be two-way temporary traffic lights in place which will move along the road as our work progresses.

It will also be necessary for some parking restrictions to be put in place in Main Street. These will alter as the work progresses along the street.

All businesses will be open as usual during the work and access for deliveries for businesses will be arranged.

Engineers will try to minimise noisy activities where possible.

SGN Team Manager Gerry Sherman said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank everyone for their patience while we complete our essential upgrade work.

“We are aware that the streets we will be working in are busy routes and would advise road users to build in a little extra time to their journeys. I would like to reassure everyone that we will be working hard to complete our work as soon as possible.”