Local Stretch of King's Road to Become One Way for Most of 2016

National Grid to show plans and answer questions at two exhibitions

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A stretch of King's Road on the border of Fulham and Chelsea is set to become one way eastbound for most of 2016.

National Grid says that essential work to maintain safe and reliable gas supplies in the King’s Road area of Chelsea and Fulham between Stanley Bridge and Gunter Grove is due to start in February and the public are invited to attend exhibitions to find out more in October.

The exhibitions will take place at:

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, on Wednesday 7 October between 12pm and 8pm

Vialli Suite, Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road on Thursday 15 October between 12pm and 8pm

National Grid says in February 2016 engineers are due to start replacing ageing metallic gas mains with tough new durable pipes. This work will help ensure local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.

For the first phase of work, which will last approximately eight months, King’s Road will be made into a one-way road eastbound, between Stanley Bridge and Gunter Grove.

To ensure engineers can carry out the work safely and efficiently traffic management will be needed, but local shops and businesses - many of which are part of Chelsea Design Quarter - will remain open as normal throughout.

National Grid Engineering Manager Stuart Donaldson says: " The gas mains we’re replacing have served the area largely unnoticed for over a century but the time has now come to replace them.

" Our work will help ensure local homes and businesses keep on enjoying safe and reliable energy supplies. This work will help support the capital's growth and also mean less disruption caused by having to repair ageing gas mains."

He adds: " All shops and businesses will remain open for business as usual. By carefully planning the project and using innovative technology we hope to ensure our work has as little impact as possible on residents and road users.

" I’d like to encourage local residents to come and meet us at one of our exhibitions where they can find out more about the work."

National Grid says the gas mains it is replacing are over one metre in diameter and innovative technology will be used to insert the new pipes into these old mains wherever possible. This will reduce the need for digging and enable the work to be carried out faster.

All work is being coordinated with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Transport for London to help ensure traffic disruption is minimised.

For more information on the events call 0800 389 8261 or email nationalgrid@londongasmains.co.uk.

September 11, 2015