BREAKING NEWS: National Grid says: ‘We’ll keep Horncastle open’


Roads will be closed and buses diverted but contractors responsible for major gas mains repairs in Horncastle have promised to cause as little disruption as possible.

Residents and business owners expressed their concerns about contingency plans for the project at a public meeting last night (Wednesday).

The National Grid confirmed work is scheduled to start on February 10 and will last for an estimated seven weeks.

There will be phased closures of various roads during the project including High Street, St Lawrence Street and North Street.

When High Street is closed, the town’s main bus stop will be moved to the top of North Street - outside the former War Memorial Hospital building.

The main diversion will be along Stanhope Road where householders have raised concerns about an increase in traffic.

Parking will be banned on Stanhope Road, which could lead to problems for parents at two local schools.

Peter Cannon, supervisory engineer in charge of the project, said the work - which will replace 80-year-old gas mains - had to be done.

He promised contractors would try to keep disruption to an ‘absolute minimum.’

The National Grid will have staff on hand during the work to help with any problems.

Shop owners in High Street and North Street are worried about a loss of trade.

The National Grid confirmed gas supplies to properties and businesses would be switched off - but only at specified times.

Mr Cannon said: “We have to replace the gas mains. We have no choice. However, we want to work with the people of Horncastle.

“We will keep everyone informed of what is happening.”

*Full story in next week’s Horncastle News.