A resident of Southern Way sent me a tip that twice rescheduled gas main replacement works have now been rescheduled to start 20th September.
Local business owners and residents I interviewed over the weekend are displeased to say the least. This afternoon I put their concerns to a spokesman from Southern Gas Networks who will be carrying out the works.
The closure of Station Hill has the potential to bring severe traffic congestion throughout South Farnham, especially during the morning and evening commute.
First scheduled for spring 2010 the works were postponed after local residents expressed concern at the knock-on effect on nearby routes - already busy - being used as a diversion.
The works were rescheduled for summer during the school holidays, a period when evening and morning peak traffic levels in many urban areas drop-off due to the combined effect of school closures and commuters taking holiday over the summer.
But the rescheduled works conflicted with the closure over summer of Weydon Lane for bridge maintenance work, leaving Station Hill the one remaining (practical) diversion route for high vehicles, which cannot use the low bridge on the A325 at Wrecclesham.
Residents are surprised by the lack of notice and signage - I'll pick this up tomorrow - but some did recently receive a flyer from Southern Gas Networks. Content in the following images is the property and responsibility of Southern Gas Networks, reproduced below in full given the clear public interest.
UPDATE 14/Sept: large electronic "matrix" signs were erected on local routes Monday 13th September.
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The following is an enlargement from the map distributed by Southern Gas Networks: