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Northern Gas Networks is investing £100,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in Ossett town centre.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure across the north of England and will involve replacing more than 3km of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in the area for years to come.

The scheme will commence in Queen Street on Monday 9 June and will be carried out in several phases to minimise town centre disruption.

As part of this six month project, essential work will also be carried out in Queen Street, Bank Street, Prospect Road, The Green, Southdale Road, Queen’s Terrace, Queen’s Crescent and West Wells Roads.

Replacement work in the Ossett area is scheduled for completion in December 2014.

In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to install temporary traffic lights at various stages throughout the work, and suspended some on road parking.

John Pickering, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “We’ve developed a phased plan for this project by working closely with Wakefield Council to minimise disruption to motorists, residents and local businesses.

“Businesses in the area will be open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times throughout the project.”

Mr Pickering added, ““We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public in advance for their continued patience and support.

“We will continue to keep the general public informed throughout our essential work in Ossett town centre.”

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 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturday.