MAJOR gas works on a busy junction will be giving motorists a rush-hour headache for the next month.
Temporary traffic lights have been set up where Hart Lane meets Serpentine Road in Hartlepool while the road is dug up for repairs to a mains pipe.
Northern Gas Networks is carrying out the project that will see more than 500ft of cast iron pipe replaced with safer plastic casing that lasts for more than 80 years.
But while that work goes on, long queues of cars are being forced to wait during peak times past Aldi on the way into town and past Sacred Heart Primary School in the other direction. The entrance to Thornhill Gardens is also blocked.
A spokesman for Northern Gas Networks said: “We are replacing ageing, old gas mains and the work is expected to run until the last week in July.
“It is inconvenient to people, we appreciate and apologise for that, but it is for everyone’s safety and convenience.
“We are always looking at the age of mains and their condition and once they get to a certain point we have to go in and replace them.
“We also have customer liaison officers who will have visited nearby companies to inform them about the work and will try and work with them.”
Motorists looking to avoid the tailbacks by going along Dunston Road will also be delayed as temporary lights are in place while a bus layby is installed near the Golden Lion pub.
There is also further disruption along Hart Lane where a cemetery wall is being rebuilt, blocking off the lane heading into town.
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