One lane is closed at Framfield Road, Uckfield.

More engineers to be brought in to speed work in Framfield Road

The number of engineers working to replace a gas main in Framfield Road, Uckfield, is being increased to  help complete the job as quickly as possible.

A one-way system has been operating in the road since the beginning of April and residents are frustrated by the disruption which has also affected refuse collection in the area.

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No exit from Framfield Road into High Street, New Town, Uckfield.

One couple said a hole had been dug along the road between High Street and Harcourt Road but few people had been seen working there since.

A representative of gas distribution company SGN visited them on Friday and they were reassured to hear the company was liaising with Wealden District Council in a bid resolve refuse collection issues and that the number of people working in the road would be increased.

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A diversion takes traffic out of Framfield Road and up Harcourt Road before exiting on High Street, New Town.

“Apparently they wanted to close the whole road originally,” said a resident who didn’t want to be named. “But they wanted to cause as little disruption as possible and that makes it more difficult to carry out the work.”

For example, earth is being moved into Vernon Road and each time it is carried there the digger has to follow a diversion up Harcourt Road and back down the High Street, New Town, to get back to Framfield Road.

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Earth from works in Framfield Road, Uckfield, is stored in nearby Vernon Road.

In addition to replacing the piping in Framfield Road new pipes will be needed to take the gas supply into people’s homes.

“We thought at first we were going to have to have our hall dug up but apparently it isn’t going to be that bad,” said the resident who spoke to Uckfield News. “We have been told that in our case they are hoping to be able to feed the new pipe through the old.”

Claire Buchanan, a spokesperson for SGN said: “The existing gas main has reached the end of its useful life and is being replaced with modern plastic polyethylene pipe, which has a minimum lifespan of around 80 years, to ensure a secure and reliable gas supply for the local area for many years to come.

“The road we are working in is very narrow and therefore it has been necessary to put a diversion in place for westbound traffic. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this is causing.

“This is a complex engineering project. We have recently reviewed our progress and increased the number of engineers working here to help us complete our works as quickly as possible.”

“We would like to reassure everyone we will be doing everything we can to minimse disruption and than road users and the local community for their continued patience while we complete our essential works.”

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