Utility works ahead of schedule at The Bell

Gas works at the The Bell junction are currently progressing 6 weeks ahead of schedule, as Cadent Gas have now completed their gas diversionary works.

Bell Junction in Southend

The planned phase four works, which were due to have a three-week westbound lane closure, have been completed alongside the phase three works.

Northbound access to Rochford Road returned from Sunday 15 March, however the A127 London Bound right hand turn into Rochford Road will remain closed. 

A tender process to select a contractor will be completed soon, with an announcement expected in mid-April.

Work so far

In January, the council - in partnership with Cadent Gas and UK Power Network (UKPN) – announced a 12-week lane closure of Rochford Road northbound to allow Cadent access to start excavation works to divert their gas main for phase two of their works.

Phase three continued with the Rochford Road northbound lane closure, as well as an additional A127 Southend-bound lane closure, which was in place between Monday 17 February and Sunday 15 March.

Phase four works – including gas main diversions in the central reservation of Prince Avenue were originally planned separately with a three-week A127 westbound lane closure however Cadent completed these works alongside phase 3.

Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “The gas works undertaken by Cadent have been progressing well, and I am pleased to see they have been able to complete these preparatory works weeks ahead of schedule.

“It is good to see this vital project progressing and to see council officers, Cadent and UKPN working collaboratively, and working over weekends too, to minimise disruption for motorists and get this work completed quicker than expected.

“We will continue to inform and update residents and businesses throughout the works, with UKPN nearing completion of their works also with just some minor works around the junction to be completed.”

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Published: 19th March 2020

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