A ROAD will be closed in West Dorset from next week for gas main works to be carried out.

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) will shortly be starting work to upgrade the local gas supply network in Lyme Regis.

The existing metal gas mains and services in Coombe Street and Monmouth Street need to be replaced with modern plastic polyethylene pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local community.

This essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive.

Work will begin on Monday, 13 January and last approximately 11 weeks.

The project will be carried out in three phases and it will be necessary to enforce a temporary road closure during each phase to ensure everyone’s safety.

Advance warning signs and a signed diversion will be in place.

SGN Construction Manager Garry Percival said: “All our work is being carried out in close consultation with Dorset County Council and we will be doing everything we can to reduce disruption.

“I would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by our work.

"We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks; however, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years.

"This means that when the work is complete, people will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and secure gas supply for years to come.”