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Ageing gas mains to be replaced near historic Whippendell Woodland

Work is about to begin on an essential project to replace ageing gas mains in Watford’s Grove Mill Lane and historic Whippendell Wood. The project will require temporary traffic lights and road closure with diversions in place and access maintained to ancient woodland
Cadent who operate and maintain the UK’s largest gas network, will replace the ageing gas mains with tough new pipes which will help ensure safe and reliable local gas supplies for decades to come.

Work is scheduled to start today (Monday 24 June) and two way traffic lights will be used to manage traffic flows until Monday 29 July. After that a road closure will be implemented on an 1162 metre stretch of Grove Mill Lane between the junctions with the A411 Hempstead Road and Fir Tree Hill (The Road) until Monday 12 August.

A diversion route will be in place via the A411 Hempstead Road, A41 (Hempstead Road/Watford Road) and Langleybury Lane.

The project will also involve working along a bridal way in the historical Whippendell Wood, but access will be maintained for dog-walkers and horse riders.

Cadent will do all it can to complete the work with as promptly as possible with minimal disruption. Local shops and businesses will remain open as usual throughout the project and gas supplies will also be maintained.

Cadent Authorising Engineer Dilbir Chana said: “The existing gas mains have served the area well for many years but the time has come to replace them to help ensure the local community keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.”