National Grid has pledged to deliver a scheme to upgrade part of the gas mains system in Luton town centre smoothly and efficiently.
From Monday 18 February engineers begin a three-week improvement scheme to upgrade 45 metres of gas mains along a section of Bute Street. The project will allow residents and businesses in Luton to continue to have safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.
National Grid project engineer Dilbir Chana said: "We know that this is a busy part of Luton's road network and we've planned to start work during half-term to minimise disruption by avoiding the busy work day traffic."
He added: "These are vital works and there may be a short term inconvenience for the long term benefit of the area."
Engineers will replace the existing iron mains with new, long-lasting plastic pipes that have a lifespan of at least 80 years, if left undisturbed in the ground, and require little maintenance. Wherever possible the new mains will be inserted into the old pipes to reduce the need for digging.
To allow the works to take place safely and efficiently one lane of Bute Street from the train station to the junction of Guildford Street will be restricted to traffic. A one-way diversion system will be operating which will take traffic left along Guildford Street to Bute Street or to Cheapside. Drivers will be able to access the train station car park during the works.
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