Peckham businesses were celebrating after the SGN gas works that closed Rye Lane to traffic were completed months ahead of schedule.
The project, which included upgrading existing piping to plastic ones with a ‘minimum lifespan’ of 80 years.
Although the work was expected to last thirteen months, from January 2019 to 2020, the road has now been successfully reinstated and reopened to traffic and cyclists.
SGN general manager, Drew Reynolds, thanked businesses and traders for their understanding, saying: ““We appreciate the patience and understanding expressed by residents, traders and road users while we’ve carried out this essential work.”
The Peckham Business Network, a group of traders around Rye Lane, had previously told the News of their fears closing the road to motorists would negatively impact on footfall.
But the group had nothing but praise for the team for completing the work early, saying: “Thank you so much SGN finishing laying a new gas main 6.5 months sooner than planned in Rye Lane.
“All your workers and staff at all levels have been so professional, efficient, helpful and cheerful all of the time that SGN deserve five gold stars.”