‘Extra’ gas main work won’t affect traffic

Traffic queued in North Street in Horncastle
Traffic queued in North Street in Horncastle

The National Grid has dismissed fears it plans to dig up a major road in Horncastle - just days after finishing work in the town centre.

Contractors are scheduled to finish a seven week programme of improvements to the town’s outdated gas main within the next few days.

That has led to serious delays and diversions - and complaints from businesses that they have seen a drop in trade.

However, the News was told by a reliable source that workers would move on to East Street and Spilsby Road - just two weeks after completing the town centre programme.

A spokesman for the National Grid confirmed more work was planned for the Horncsastle area, but stressed it had not yet been allocated a time.

She confirmed the 
work would affect a stretch of Spilsby Road but claimed it would involve digging up pavements - and not the actual road surface.

She said: “The work will be carried out sometime within the next financial year but there has been no specific date allocated.

“It is difficult to say exactly when it will happen but it is not imminent.

“I can’t give an exact location but it is not expected it will cause any disruption to traffic.”

The statement was supported by Horncastle’s county councillor Bill Aron.

He said: “The gas company are looking at a stretch in East Street/Spilsby Road.

“I understand the main does need does need replacing but there will not have to be a road closure.

“The work is being it is pencilled in for the Autumn.”

Coun Aron went on to admit the town centre scheme had over-run by “about a week.”

However, he said all work should be completed by next Monday.

He praised the National Grid - and local councils - for their positive announcements during the work that Horncastle “ was open for business as usual.”