More Fair Oak traffic misery ahead

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Residents in Fair Oak will face further traffic hold-ups from Monday a press release from gas distribution company SGN has revealed.

From Monday 29 January work will commence on replacing the existing metal gas mains with plastic piping which will entail closing Summerlands Roadd at its junction with Winchester Road for three weeks, and installing temporary traffic light controls on Winchester Road both at the Summerlands Road junction, and then after that stage of the work has been completed there will be three-way traffic controls at the junction with Mortimers Lane.

SGN say they will re-open Summerlands Road ‘at the earliest opportunity and that in order ‘to reduce the inconvenience to motorists’  the traffic lights will be manually operated for 12 hours per day between 7am and 7pm so there should be no disruption during off-peak times .

SGN Engineering Manager Karl Durham described the work as ‘essential’ and said:

 “We will be doing everything we can to limit disruption during our essential project.

“We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means once the work has been completed, Eastleigh homes and businesses will enjoy the benefits of a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”