Busy Leicester road to close for five weeks ahead of 'essential' gas works

Loughborough Road in Leicester
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A busy Leicester road will close for five weeks due to “essential” gas works. Loughborough Road in Belgrave will be closed in the southbound direction from the roundabout at the A563 and Watermead Way to Melton Road from Monday, June 3.

Cadent Gas said the work, planned to take “approximately five weeks”, will upgrade 1km of “ageing” gas mains under the road that are “decades old”. It said this work was “essential” to keep homes in the area warm.

It added that the work would “future proof” the network and “ready pipes for the introduction of more environmentally friendly gases.” The road will remain open in the northbound direction, it added.

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Richard Sansom, network director for Cadent in the East Midlands, said: “These works are part of a major £1.1billion investment in our Eastern Network by Cadent which is vital in ensuring that we keep gas flowing to homes in Leicester and beyond for generations to come. With gas pipes being decades old, it is essential that we replace them to future proof our network and minimise the amount of repair work that we have to do in the area over the coming years.

“Keeping the people of Leicester warm in their homes is our number one priority. We understand the frustrations that this will cause to road users and residents and we apologise for this.

“I’d urge everybody to allow a little bit more time for their journeys throughout the period of the works, and I’d like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding as our engineers complete these works safely and as swiftly as possible.” Cadent said diversion signs will be in place to help ease congestion in the area.

It said that gas will stay on during the works.

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