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Essential gas works in Stourbridge

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Essential gas works are taking place in Stourbridge town centre which is expected to impact on how people get in and out of the town centre.

Balfour Beatty are planning to replace the gas main along Market Street later this month (July).

It will mean Market Street will be closed to traffic. Some benches, bins and signs will be removed to allow traffic to run from High Street through Crown Square and into Coventry Street during the work.

A temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed and a diversion route put in place along Coventry Street, St John’s Road, New Road, Bath Road and Bell Street.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:

We know there has been a lot of work going on to improve the roads in Stourbridge recently, and I know that this is another disruption for traders and residents.
However Balfour Beatty are having to replace the gas mains in Stourbridge and this is work that needs to be done.
I hope people will bear with Balfour Beatty while they carry out this important work, and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

Contractors have carried out a letter drop for local businesses to inform them about the changes to the road layout and the council has been working with market traders ahead of any disruption to the layout of stalls during the work.

Work is due to start on July 22 and be completed by August 16.

Meanwhile, Lower High Street will be closed overnight on July 12, 15 and 16 for resurfacing. The closures run from 7pm until 7am.

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