Gas works cause problems for Gosport residents and school children

Michael Bradbury from Braemer Road, near the roadworks in Bridgemary Avenue, Gosport, outside Bedenham Primary School '''Picture: Jason Kay
Michael Bradbury from Braemer Road, near the roadworks in Bridgemary Avenue, Gosport, outside Bedenham Primary School '''Picture: Jason Kay
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  • Gas works outside a school in Gosport have been causing issues for residents and school children
  • The pathway is blocked and children have to walk in the road to get to school
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GAS works and temporary traffic lights have been causing problems for residents and a school as part of a pavement is blocked off.

Parents and children at Bedenham Primary in Gosport, were surprised to see a section of the path near the school dug up.

The traffic around here is bad enough during the school pick-up and drop-off without the added danger of roadworks

Michael Bradbury

The closed pavement, on Bridgemary Avenue, is causing issues for youngsters and some residents as they have to walk in the road.

People living nearby said the plastic barriers, the temporary traffic lights and the pedestrian diversion have only been put up in the last few days with term starting yesterday.

Lucy Jones, whose two daughters attend the school, said: ‘It is very inconvenient especially when there’s been no warning.

‘I understand it is hard to warn us with school being out but some notice would have been good.

‘I am glad I walk my children to school because them walking on their own could be dangerous if they have to go in the road.’

One parent, who did not want to be named, said the gas workers had helped the children cross the street.

He said: ‘Obviously it isn’t ideal especially with it being right near a big primary school. But the gas workers were acting like lollipop men and stopping traffic so the kids could get across.

‘Hopefully they won’t last too long so the area can be safer for the children who walk to school alone.’

Resident Michael Bradbury has to use a mobility scooter to get around when he leaves his house in Braemar Road.

But because the diversion is down a kerb, he cannot get past the roadworks.

He said: ‘It’s crazy and dangerous.

‘They had six weeks to start this work. It’s so busy at the best of times with parking around here.

‘I have been monitoring the works and ever since it started to rain the workman haven’t been out there.

‘The traffic around here is bad enough during the school pick-up and drop-off without the added danger of roadworks which, incidentally, none of us residents on this estate had any notice or warning about.

‘They just appeared one morning.’

The register of roadworks in England says the roadworks are being carried out by Southern Gas Network, which is now known as SGN.

SGN spokeswoman Katie Lobban said: ‘This essential work involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply for the local community.

‘Our work has been carefully planned in close consultation with the local authority.

‘Our work, scheduled to start during the week commencing Monday 3 August, began on Friday 7 August.

‘We are aware that this is a busy route, and would like to reassure everyone that we are working hard to complete our work as quickly as possible.

‘All being well, work outside of the school will be finished by the end of next week.

‘We will then be working for approximately another two weeks further along the road to complete the project.

‘We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by our work, and would like to thank road users and the local community for their patience while our work is completed.’