FERNHILL HEATH A38 GAS WORKS – THE SAGA CONCLUDES
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FERNHILL HEATH A38 GAS WORKS – THE SAGA CONCLUDES

The works on replacement gas mains through Fernhill Heath are due to be completed this weekend, still much later than originally expected but a full month earlier than we had only recently been told by National Grid. This means the disruption on the A38 in the village will, after all, be over well before Easter.
The works on replacement gas mains through Fernhill Heath are due to be completed this weekend, still much later than originally expected but a full month earlier than we had only recently been told by National Grid. This means the disruption on the A38 in the village will, after all, be over well before Easter.

The MP for Fernhill Heath, Peter Luff, said,

“Yesterday, in my office in the Commons, I met Steve Holliday, Chief Executive of National Grid, and George Mayhew, its Corporate Affairs Director. They came to apologise unreservedly for the every aspect of their company’s handling of the gas main replacement works in Fernhill Heath including their failure to communicate effectively with either the local community or with me. They explained the extra resources that had now been put on the job and reassured me that special efforts would be made to accelerate payment of compensation to local businesses, including sending one of their senior representatives to talk personally to those businesses.

“In the face of my persistent complaints and increasing fury from local people and road users, National Grid finally put four teams of men on the job, working for extended hours – something we had all been told was, for a variety of reasons, just not possible. We now know that we were right to believe those reasons were largely bogus.

“Although nothing can undo the poor management of the job on the A38 or the intolerable disruption caused, I am satisfied that, at the most senior level possible, National Grid is aware of and takes full responsibility for their mistakes. They recognise the huge damage done to their reputation locally due to their negligence in the management of this work. The seriousness with which the company is treating this issue reassures me that, this time, promises really will be kept.

“It should not have taken this intervention from me to ensure this outcome, but I am pleased that things can return to normal in the village very soon indeed.”

ENDS


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