Phase one of the project is now well underway, but we have encountered problems underground that are regrettably going to cause delays. Due to the high density of underground cables and pipes in the area, we have been unable able to find a suitable route to lay our new gas pipe.
After meeting with Norfolk County Council’s highways team, we have agreed a plan to construct a temporary network of pipes above ground for the length of the scheme from Vicarage Street to the junction of Cromer Road. Once this is place, we will excavate to the existing metallic pipe, lifting and removing a section of the old pipe before replacing it with new plastic pipes in the original trench. This approach will ensure there is minimal disruption to the gas supply for properties on and around Mundesley Road. Once the work is completed and the above-ground temporary pipes removed, we will clear and reopen the road.
We anticipate that this will add an additional four weeks to the first phase of work. Teams will be working during the weekends where feasible to complete this phase as quickly as possible. We’d like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep the overrun to a minimum and also to minimise delays on our other work phases.
We will provide further updates as soon as we have more information.
Thank you for your patience while this additional work is undertaken.