MOTORISTS in Burton face weeks of disruption as part of a busy road is ripped up to allow gas mains to be replaced.
The National Grid is currently in discussions with Staffordshire County Council to iron out how traffic will be managed along Burton Road, in Branston, while the work, which is expected to take around six weeks to complete, is carried out.
Drivers are likely to be advised to seek alternative routes during rush-hour, with parents heading to nearby Paget High School expected to add to the chaos along the stretch.
Around 100 metres of pipework is to be replaced between Paget High School and Branston Golf and Country Club, with stronger and more modern plastic piping to be inserted.
The work had been scheduled to begin later this month, but the National Grid said the start date had been delayed while it was assessing the impact it would have on the area and temporary measures were drawn up.
It means the work will continue into the summer, with the National Grid saying it would be ‘high impact’, warning motorists that they should expect delays.
National Grid spokesman Sara Wilcox said: “We are carrying out essential gas maintenance in the road to replace old iron gas mains with more durable plastic pipes.
“This is to ensure we continue to provide safe and reliable gas supplies to local businesses and residents.
“We have postponed the start date of the work because we want to speak more with the local authority about how we are going to do the work and the best way to conduct traffic management as it is a very busy area.
“We have to make sure work is carried out safely and that we minimise inconvenience.”
Ms Wilcox said a start date for the work was ‘subject to discussions’ with Staffordshire County Council.
Meanwhile, Spring Terrace Road, in Stapenhill, is due to be closed for two weeks for water mains renewals from April 14.
Traffic will be diverted along Stapenhill Road while the closure is in place.
It is due to reopen on May 2.