Gas main work to start on Banbury Road, Oxford, 28 January 2019

Anyone who travels in to or around Oxford are being warned about gas main replacement work that will be carried out by gas network company SGN from 28 January.

Their work involves replacing old metal pipe with new plastic pipe, which will ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to the local area for many years to come.

Oxfordshire County Council has worked closely with SGN as they developed their plans to carry out the essential work of renewing existing gas mains to ensure that delays are minimised.

The council’s traffic team has worked in collaboration with SGN and temporary two-way traffic lights will be used to ensure everyone’s safety and allow traffic to flow. The lights will be controlled manually between 7am and 7pm each day - manual control is the best way to ensure temporary lights respond to traffic conditions.

The SGN work is estimated to take until the end of May to complete and will move in phases along Banbury Road starting at Upland Park Road and finishing by the junction of Rogers Street.


County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Nobody looks forward to major utility work like this, but without SGN doing their gas main replacement local supplies would be at risk.

“The county council has worked closely with SGN to minimise disruption as far as possible, but there will inevitably be delays on the roads.

“The best advice is to allow extra time if you really need to use Banbury Road and, if it’s not essential, consider other routes or different modes of transport.”

SGN spokesperson Katie Lobban said: “We know that roadworks can be frustrating, but this essential work will keep you, your family and local community safe. We’ve worked closely with the local authority in planning our work which will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption as much as possible.”