Town centre gas road works put on hold for Christmas.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Town centre gas road works put on hold for Christmas. thumbnail SGN Natural Gas has announced that it is temporarily postponing roadworks in the Strabane town centre area to facilitate the busy Christmas trading period.

ROADWORKS to facilitate the laying of gas pipelines in Strabane town centre has been suspended until the New Year to facilitate the busy festive trading period.

SGN Natural Gas confirmed the temporary postponement of works this week. Construction work to extend the new gas pipeline has been put on hold in arterial and town centre routes to minimise disruption.

The embargo took effect from Monday and will continue up until Monday, January 8.

Darren Young, head of business development with SGN Natural Gas, explained that the move was a pre-planned voluntary arrangement to help ease traffic movement around the town centre during what is traditionally the busiest time of year.

"Putting roadworks on hold for the Christmas period was a forward planning decision we made some time ago in consultation with our key partners and stakeholders and we hope that shoppers and traders will greatly benefit from this initiative," he said.

SGN Natural Gas will meanwhile continue to work in the vicinity of the Health Centre to get to Springhill Park and other areas out of the town centre as scheduled to help ensure natural gas is available early in the New Year.

Martin Gallen, president of Strabane Chamber of Commerce, says the news is a welcome development.

"Strabane and district has so much to offer shoppers and visitors which is really evident with the added buzz coinciding with the switching-on of the Christmas lights at the weekend.

"Motorists and pedestrians in Strabane have got accustomed to the ongoing road works to build the new infrastructure for 'Gas to the West'.

However, I have no doubt that everyone will welcome clearer main access routes in and out of the town centre during the busy Christmas period.

"This arrangement will help ensure that retailers, shoppers and visitors have a more hassle-free and prosperous Christmas and it will undoubtedly assist trade, traffic and all round goodwill within our town centre areas heading into the New Year," he saod.

SGN says community engagement is ongoing in all of the local towns with a new series of public information sessions planned to update residents, business owners and other interested stakeholders on the arrival of natural gas in their areas.

Strabane is the first of eight main towns to benefit from the 250m gas infrastructure project, with 15m invested to date there alone.

Over 1,500 homes and businesses in Strabane will have access to natural gas from January.


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