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A23 closure could be completed by Friday 7th Feb

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SGN has completed a crucial part of the emergency gas work they started on earlier in the week.

As a result it now means that the company can now begin to lay new pipe to replace the old one this weekend.

The new pipework will take a while as they are having to replace a 260 metre section of the pipe that runs along the A23 under Gatwick Airports South Terminal.

While an earlier completion date is welcomed it does mean that for all of next week the road will remain closed.

Dan Brown, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said:

Our engineers have identified the leak and have this afternoon completed the abandonment of a 260-metre section of pipe that runs along the A23 under the tunnel below Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.

We’ve had a continued presence on site monitoring gas readings, carrying out safety checks and working to repair our network since last weekend. We’d like to reassure the local community that we’re working as quickly and safely as possible to complete this essential work and reopen the affected lanes.

We’ll begin inserting new plastic pipe to replace the abandoned section of our network this weekend. The plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years, so this will ensure the area has a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come and minimise future disruption here.

All being well, we’ll be able to finish this work, enabling us to safely reopen the A23 northbound lanes, by Friday 7 February.

Until the road reopens the diversions will remain in place.

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BREAKING NEWS: Risk of redundancies at Crawley’s Tesco Extra as company adapts in-house bakeries

1,816 bakery staff are being put at risk of redundancy across the country.

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Tesco has announced that they are making changes to their large in-store bakeries as a result of what they is a ‘shift in customer tastes and preferences’.

They say that from May changes to the bakeries will include:

  • Altering space and range to cater to changing customer demand, including the increase in alternatives to traditional loaves
  • Continue to offer scratch baking in 257 stores but make some changes to other bakeries. In 201 stores the most popular products will continue to be baked from scratch with other products moving to part-baked. And in 58 stores they are converting the bakery to full bake-off where all products are delivered pre-prepared, then baked and finished in store.
  • Improve the customer experience by investing and continuing to roll out new, up-to-date fixtures as well as growing our regional bakery ranges in partnership with small local suppliers.  

Tesco’s added:

“Due to some stores doing less scratch baking, as well as the simplified routines these changes will bring, we will unfortunately need fewer colleagues to work in these areas.

As a result, there are 1,816 bakery colleagues being put at risk of redundancy. At this difficult time, our priority will be to support those colleagues impacted, including finding an alternative role from the many thousands of vacancies we will have available across our store networks between now and May, for those who wish to stay with us.”

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said:

“We need to adapt to changing customer demand and tastes for bakery products so that we continue to offer customers a market-leading bakery range in store. We know this will be very difficult for colleagues who are impacted, and our priority is to support them through this process. We hope that many will choose to stay with us in alternative roles.”

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