Red Lion Square will stay open to traffic despite town centre work

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A BUSY square will stay open to traffic despite major ongoing gas works, it has been revealed.

Red Lion Square in Stamford was due to close to traffic for two weeks later this month as maintenance work on gas mains in High Street nears completion.

The plans prompted outrage from many businesses, who feared the work would put off shoppers during an important holiday period.

But a rethink from National Grid, Central Networks and Lincolnshire County Council means one lane of St John’s Street will stay open, reducing the impact on traffic and shoppers.

Red Lion Square and St John’s Street will only be fully closed for two hours on the morning Wednesday next week, with traffic diverted along All Saints Street and Sheep Market. The council will take the opportunity to repair and resurface a number of roads while the gas works go on, to avoid disrupting shoppers again later in the year.

Broad Street will remain closed for two days following the Mid-Lent Fair for essential work. And 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.

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce has also revealed that 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.

Chamber president Tim Lee said: “It is good news for Stamford that the National Grid and Central Networks are working in tandem, rather than digging our town up on separate occasions.”