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Northern Gas Networks is investing £75,000 to upgrade the ageing gas mains in Harehills, Leeds, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers for years to come.

The major project which will take place on Roundhay Road, from the junction with Spencer Place to Bankside Street, including an open cut road crossing opposite Gathorne Terrace, will involve replacing 330m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes.

The six week project will commence on Monday 14 July and will be carried out in five phases to minimise disruption. In order to complete the work as quickly as possible engineers will be working seven days a week. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of August.

Northern Gas Networks engineers have been carrying out preliminary work this week (w/c 8 July) to make preparations ahead of the work starting.

To ensure the work can be carried out safely and efficiently, traffic management, a road diversion and temporary bus stops will be in place on Roundhay Road at various times throughout the duration of the project.

All on street parking will be suspended throughout the project and alternative walkways will be provided for pedestrians to pass safely where required.  All businesses will remain open as usual.

Extra care will be taken to remove the Yorkshire stone flags using specialist equipment.

Chris Nevison, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “The work has been carefully planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council with a large part of the project being carried out during the school summer holidays to minimise the level of disruption caused to members of the public, in particular commuters, residents and businesses.

“We’ll be keeping customers informed throughout and asking members of the public to speak to us if they have any questions about the work.  We know that no one likes roadworks and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we complete the work.”

Planned schedule of works:

Phase 1 (From 14th July for around 7 days)

Working on Gipton Avenue, Gathorne Terrace and Roundhay Road.  Inbound lane closure on Roundhay Road (8.00 – 15.30 daily).

Phase 2 (From 21st July for around 10 days)

Work taking place on Gathorne Terrace and Roundhay Road. Traffic management in place on Roundhay Road with diversion for inbound traffic via Gledhow Road and Bayswater Road.  Gathorne Terrace closed and access to Archway Community Centre via Spencer Avenue and Gipton Avenue.

Phase 3 (From 28th July for around 2 weeks)

Work taking place on Roseville Road, Roundhay Road and Gledhow Lane.  Gledhow Lane junction with Roundhay Road closed.  Closure to part of Bayswater Row but access maintained via Bayswater Road.

Phase 4 (From 11th August for around 2 weeks)

Work taking place on Gathorne Terrace, Roundhay Road and Bankside Terrace. Bus lane closed to traffic and reopened as pedestrian walkway except for peak evening periods 15:30 to 19:00hrs (daily). Gathorne Terrace closed with access to Archway Community Centre via Spencer Avenue.

Phase 5 (From 25th August for around 2 weeks)

Work taking place on Spencer Place and Roundhay Road. Junction of Bayswater Road and Roundhay Road closed, single lane open to traffic on Roundhay Road and temporary traffic lights in place. Access to Spencer Road maintained but no access to Roundhay Road from Spencer Place.