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Commuter road closures cut again

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Surrey County Council said the original schedule was unacceptable

Road closures on a major commuter route in Surrey will be carried out in school holidays where possible after an outcry over disruption from planned roadworks.

Seven Hills Road between Cobham and Walton-on-Thames was originally to have been closed for seven months next year while mains work was carried out.

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) was later forced to cut the closure to 12 weeks.

Now, after "robust discussions" with Surrey County Council, it has agreed to change the roadworks timetable again.

Councillor Ian Lake said the council had held talks with SGN to ensure the roadworks would cause as little disruption as possible.

"The original schedule was unacceptable, but we have worked closely with SGN to ensure that as much as possible of the work requiring a road closure is done during the school holidays," he said.

"We will continue to monitor the work closely to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible."

Extended closure

The work is required to lay a new gas pipe to serve Hersham, Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge.

The B365 Seven Hills Road will now be closed from 28 December to 4 January 2010, then for another two weeks from 29 March until 11 April.

It will close again for an extended period from 20 June to 29 August before the work is completed by 1 October.

At other times there will be local traffic controls but the road will not be closed.

SGN is to extend its working hours but will not work between midnight and 6am at any time.

The company is to contact schools, businesses and residents affected by the work to investigate its impact further.

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