Emergency gas main repairs close the A3 West Hill

Road users are being warned of likely severe traffic delays across Putney and Wandsworth from Wednesday 8 August due to emergency gas main repairs on the busy A3 trunk road at West Hill.

Southern Gas Network engineers have been given approval by Transport for London to close the A3 West Hill in both directions from the junction with Upper Richmond Road to the junction with Portinscale Road in order to repair a leaking major gas main that runs underneath the carriageway.

This emergency repair is likely to take about seven days and is likely to result in serious delays in the area until finished. Road users are being advised to avoid the area if possible, allow extra time for their journeys and use alternative routes.

Traffic travelling westbound from Wandsworth High Street is being diverted via Upper Richmond Road and the A306 Roehampton Lane.  The preferred route for eastbound traffic is via Roehampton Lane or Putney Hill.

Southern Gas say that their urgent repair work is likely to continue into next week, and that their engineers will work extended hours so that they can reopen the road as quickly as possible.  They are due to post an update on progress on Monday 13 August, and you can find updates here. 

Road users also face disruption in the Wandsworth one-way-system as a result of other SGN works which began in Armoury Way on 4 August.  To date TfL, the highway authority for all the roads in the one-way-system, has not ordered SGN to suspend these works until their West Hill repair is complete.The gas company’s works in Armoury Way are scheduled to last six weeks. You can find out more about the Armoury Way works here.

Local businesses affected by a loss of trade because of the works can apply for compensation from SGN.  You can find more information here. 

For the latest travel information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/roads.