A SOUTH Oxfordshire road will be closed for three months to replace a gas pipe and prevent gas leaks.

Lady Grove Road in Didcot has been shut since August 17 and will stay closed until December 7.

Gas distributor SGN confirmed that residents in the area were sent letters to inform them of the closure of the road, which runs north out of town towards Long Wittenham.

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Oxfordshire County Council said the SGN works were delayed due to Thames Water closure in Sutton Courtenay over-running and SGN has been working under two-way lights for the past two weeks.

Bradley Barlow, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said: “On Monday 17 August, we began work to replace the old metal gas main along Lady Grove in Didcot with a new plastic pipe.

“The existing gas main has a history of ongoing leaks and is a crucial main for the supply of gas to the local area.

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“It is essential that this work is carried out during the warmer months when demand for gas is significantly reduced.

"Our specialist contractors I&G began working under traffic lights to prepare the site for our work.

“To ensure everyone’s safety while we work, we need to close Ladygrove from its junction with the A4130 to just before Lady Grove Farm from Monday 31 August until Monday 7 December.

“A signed diversion route will be in place for the duration of this project. Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained. Vehicle access to properties and farms on Lady Grove Road will be via the B4016 Sires Hill."