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A Northern Gas Networks’ project to replace 1.2km of ageing metal pipe in York city centre is well underway, with the fifth phase of the project reaching completion four weeks ahead of schedule on Monday, 28th October.

Our team of highly skilled engineers have pulled out all the stops to complete the High Ousegate phase of the work well in advance of the busy Christmas trading period. To minimise disruption and excavation, the team has used ‘keyhole’ techniques to insert the new plastic gas pipe inside the existing metal pipe. Garry Farnhill, Customer Operations Area Manager said: “All our work has being carried out in close consultation with City of York Council, and we have taken every measure available to minimise disruption to residents, motorists and business owners. “I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding throughout the project.”

The major upgrade involves replacing the town’s existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes which will ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in York for years to come. So far, 1km of plastic pipe has been laid, with a further 200m to go. Richard Wood, Assistant Director of City & Environmental Services at City of York Council said: “This is an important upgrade for York, which is set to benefit thousands of residents and businesses. We’re pleased with the progress Northern Gas Networks has made and it’s great news that the works reached completion four weeks ahead of schedule, which will no doubt help minimise disruption during our busy build up to Christmas.”

The next phase of the project will commence in the new year, with work being carried out in Goodramgate, Monkgate Bar and St Maurice’s Road. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2014. This essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme which will see Northern Gas Networks replace more than 3,000km of gas pipe across the north of England by 2020.

If you have any questions about the works please don’t hesitate to contact the Customer Care team on 0845 634 0508, option 7. The team is available between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturday.

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