We’re writing to make you aware of a forthcoming upgrade to our gas network in the West Barnes Lane area of Raynes Park. Our project involves the essential replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Our contractor, 360 will undertake this work on our behalf.
In consultation with London Borough of Merton Council, our project will start on Monday 7 January and is expected to last approximately 33 weeks.
Our engineers will be carrying out investigation work in the footpath outside Cranleigh House, West Barnes Lane. We’ll be working here for approximately two weeks.
All being well with our investigations, we’ll need to install temporary two-way traffic lights in West Barnes Lane at the start of February, to ensure everyone’s safety around our work area.
We’ll need to return to complete our upgrade work at the Coombe Lane junction and we’ll install temporary four-way traffic lights for safety. To help minimise disruption, we’re planning to carry this out during the Easter school holidays.
We’ve also agreed to carry out our further investigations to our network outside West Wimbledon Primary School. For approximately two weeks from Monday 21 January, we will be working in the West Barnes Lane carriageway, but two-way traffic and on-street parking will be maintained. However, we will need to close the cycle lane while we work here.
Pending our investigation work, we’ll install temporary three-way traffic lights at West Barnes Lane’s junction with Bodnant Gardens to complete our upgrade work here during the February school half-term.
We need to suspend a bus stop on West Barnes Lane heading southbound during our work. An alternative stop will be signed. We also need to suspend some parking bays outside Trafalgar Court, West Barnes Lane to safely store our equipment.
We’re continuing to plan further phases of our work in consultation with London Borough of Merton Council. We’ll be working in Coombe Lane and we’ll provide details of our plans once confirmed. All our works will be suspended over the Wimbledon Championships during the summer.
We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Raynes Park residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Stakeholder and Community Manager