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Northern Gas Networks is investing over £150,000 to upgrade more than 800m of ageing metallic gas mains in Wakefield.

The project is part of Northern Gas Networks’ ongoing development of infrastructure across the north of England and will involve replacing existing metallic gas main 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 12 week project will be carried out in two phases, commencing on Batley Road on Monday 18 May for 8 weeks before moving into St Pauls Drive for four weeks.

In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to install temporary two way traffic lights on Batley Road for eight weeks and three-way temporary traffic lights on Batley Road at the junction of St Paul’s Drive for approximately two weeks from Tuesday 26 May.

Businesses in the area will remain open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Warren Iveson, Construction Services Area Manager said, “We are holding a community drop in session at The Crown Public House, Batley Road between 4 – 6pm on Wednesday 13 May where our customer care team will be on hand to answer any questions from members of the public.

“We will also continue to keep customers informed via our website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and the local media.”

Mr Iveson added, “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”

If you have any questions about the work, please don’t hesitate to contact the Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7.