A section of Station Road in Hayes will be closed due to work to replace a gas mains pipe.
The closure will happen from Monday 24 July between Crown Close and Clayton Road. See map below.
The works are expected to last as long as 4 weeks, council officials told residents, but they pledged to do everything possible to finish earlier than this.
Hayes Town Centre Partnership chairman David Brough said some motorists could be in for a shock.
He said: “People who have got used to seeing buses pass through Station Road and cars parking by the newly-installed meters will be in for a surprise next week.
“When excavations started in Station Road they exposed minor gas leaks and a very old iron gas main.
“It was decided that it would be better to install a new main as soon as possible rather than do it later and have to dig up a brand new road. The work at the Botwell Lane end of the road was done some time ago but the bit at the canal bridge end has been left until the school summer holidays to try and reduce the traffic disruption.”
Mr Brough said: “All buses will be diverted but access for businesses will be maintained from the Station Road/Botwell Lane junction. The signboards in the town say that the improvement scheme will be completed by spring this year and in answer to regular complaints about the over-running of the works the council keeps telling us that they should now be finished by "the end of the summer" (this year).”
He added: “To complicate things the section of Coldharbour Lane near to the junction with Botwell Lane is having to be dug up in order to provide a proper base to the road and temporary traffic lights will be introduced to manage one-way working. Watch out - there could be queues.”
For more information about the road closure contact the Town Centre Improvement Team on 01895 250461.
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