A BUSY road will be closed this week for gas works, despite hopes it would stay partly open.
St John’s Street in Stamford will shut until Thursday while the National Grid carries out essential gas main replacement work.
Lincolnshire County Council said last week that one lane of the road would stay open.
But workmen discovered on Monday that the gas main under the street stretched further than expected and the whole road would need to be dug up.
Stamford Chamber of Commerce president Tim Lee said: “The council has informed me that there has been a slight hitch in Red Lion Square, as the gas main was too far across the road and did not allow enough room for one-way traffic.
“Red Lion Square and St John’s Street will now be closed until Thursday afternoon, but the works will all be over by then so on Friday there will be normal access.
“In the meantime a three-way traffic light system is operating on the blind junction of All Saints Street and Sheepmarket.
“The works in the High Street will continue as planned.”
National Grid confirmed the £92,000 High Street works are on schedule and will be completed by April 22 at the latest.
Last week the council revealed that St George’s Street, from Marks and Spencer to St George’s Square, will be resurfaced on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18.
There will be no access to the road during the work, so St Leonard’s Street residents and businesses will have to enter and leave from Priory Road.
Further gas main work will take place in Recreation Ground Road from May 5 to 16. The council will again carry out footpath repair and road resurfacing at the same time.