Gas Network Upgrade – Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale
Following on from recent communications with the local community, Southern Gas Networks (SGN) have provided us with an update on the status of work they are carrying out in the Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale area in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
SGN have asked for our help and advice in sharing communications further with residents and communities potentially impacted by the works. SGN have asked us to share the following update with wider networks and residents associations wherever possible.
SGN’s priority is to ensure that they protect their key workers and following Government advice office staff and non critical staff are now working from home. SGN are concerned that due to current working restrictions including access to printers and post, many residents may not receive letters advising them of this work continuing as they would have previously.
SGN know that during the coronavirus outbreak, communities will rely on them now more than ever to keep them safe and warm. The safety of the communities and SGN employees will remain their number one priority in the weeks and months ahead. Following Governement advice on COVID-19, SGN will continue to respond to emergency work and projects that are considered safety-critical until further notice.
SGN have reviewed all their current and planned works and consider the work in Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale area to be critical to maintain local pressures and supplies. This project needs to continue now, rather than wait until the pandemic passes, to ensure the local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply.
SGN would like to reassure residents, that they should not need to interrupt gas supplies to homes or businesses, and thei engineers will not be calling at residents’ homes.
SGN engineers are currently (31st March 2020) working on Stratford Road, Ash Vale. We will have three-way temporary traffic lights in operation on the junction of Oak Tree Close for two weeks from 30 March. SGN are waiting on confirmation from the local authority on the next stage of this project, which will require a southbound lane closure on Stratford Road from the junction of Frimley Road to the roundabout at the junction of Lysons Avenue. As soon as confirmation of this is received we will provide an update.
SGN are working closely with the UK Government and public health bodies to make sure they work safely and in line with expert advice during the coronavirus outbreak. SGN have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our customers from catching or spreading the virus as we carry out our safety-critical projects.
There’s more information about SGN’s coronavirus preparations on their website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus