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Northern Gas Networks has begun essential underground pipe replacement work on Highgate Lane in Lepton, Huddersfield.

The £90,000 scheme is to replace old metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a reliable service for local homes and businesses.

Just under 500 metres of pipe will be replaced on Highgate Lane, which is just off Woodlands Way, with the project set to conclude at the end of August. Temporary traffic lights are being used to control the flow of traffic during the work, but there will be no road closures. Temporary bus stops will be used where the work prevents access to usual stops.

Wayne Fisher, Customer Operations Area Manager from Northern Gas Networks said: “The old metal pipes on Highgate Lane are nearing the end of their useful life, and need replacing with modern, plastic versions, which are more durable.

“We will be controlling the traffic lights throughout the day, to ensure traffic flows as efficiently as possible. We’d like to thank people for their patience, while we carry out this essential work.”

The scheme is part of an ongoing programme by Northern Gas Networks to renew the region’s underground pipe network.

Customers with any questions about the work can contact Northern Gas Networks’ Customer Care team on 0845 634 0508, option 7. The team is available between 8am and 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5.30pm on Saturday. The line is in operation 24 hours a day.