Major gas works have started in Woolwich, and are expected to cause traffic delays around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the next five weeks.

The major improvement works, which began on Monday, November 2, mean several lanes and a slip road in the area are closed to traffic, and hospital patients are warned to allow for extra time for their journey.

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Carried out by British gas company SGN, the works will see old metal gas mains ripped up and replaced with hard-wearing plastic to "ensure the safe supply of gas to the area."

This will result in the following disruptions to local traffic:

  • Nightingale Place will be limited in both directions at the junction with the A205 Woolwich Common and Woolwich New Road
  • Slip road closed from the A205 Woolwich New Road into Nightingale Place, preventing a left-hand turn
  • A diversion will be in place via Academy Road > Woolwich Common > Herbert Road and Plumstead Common Road.

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You will still be able to turn right from Nightingale Road onto A205 Woolwich New Road at this junction.

The road works on Woolwich New Road and Ordnance Road have been given a 'delays possible' warning, whilst Woolwich Common and Nightingale Road are 'likely to have delays' throughout the month.

The major gas works, located minutes from Woolwich's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, commended on November 2, and will finish on November 29.

SGN said: "We’re upgrading our gas network to ensure local homes and businesses continue to enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.

"From Mon 2 Nov for approx five wks, to ensure safety around our work area, we'll need to reduce Nightingale Place by one lane in both directions at its junction with A205 Woolwich Common and Woolwich New Road.

"We'll also need to close the slip road from the A205 Woolwich New Road into Nightingale Place, preventing a left-hand turn.

"A signed diversion will be in place."