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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £250,000 to replace around 900m of ageing metal gas mains in the Sandal area of Wakefield with new durable plastic pipes.

The upgrade, which is scheduled to start on Monday 6 July 2015, is part of the company’s ongoing investment in the area which will see more than £6 million* invested in the city’s gas pipe infrastructure by the end of the year.

The essential work, which will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers living and working Sandal for years to come, has been carefully planned in conjunction with Wakefield City Council.

To minimise disruption to members of the public, the work will be carried out in four phases, with the majority of the first half of the project completed during the quieter school holiday period.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to operate temporary traffic lights during phases 1 and 2 of the scheme. These traffic lights will be manned via CCTV between the hours of 7am – 7pm, to help ease traffic flow in the area.

Phase 1 (July 2015): Work will commence on Monday 6 July 2015 at the junction of Barnsley Road and Standbridge Lane and continue along Standbridge Lane. In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently it will be necessary to install temporary three-way traffic lights at this junction.

Phase 2 (August 2015): Work will continue along Standbridge Lane from The Star Inn to the Asda roundabout. Temporary two-way traffic lights will be in operation along Standbridge Lane throughout this phase.

Phase 3 (August / September 2015): Work will progress along Standbridge Lane.

Phase 4 (September / October 2015): Work will be carried out in Kingsley Avenue and Barnsley Road.

Warren Iveson, Construction Services Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “Our team of Customer Care Officers has been door knocking homes and businesses in the area to inform them about the project, and answer any questions or concerns they may have.

“Our customer cabin will be located in the Asda car park for the duration of the project. The cabin will be open on Wednesdays between 10am – 12pm when a member of our Customer Care team will be on hand to discuss the project in more detail and answer any queries.”

He added, “We know that no one likes roadworks, so please be assured that we’ll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

“We’d like to thank customers in advance for their patience throughout these essential improvement works and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Northern Gas Networks held a community forum at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Catholic Church on Wednesday 10 June 2015 for stakeholders and members of the public who were keen to understand more about the work.

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Read our customer leaflet about our gas mains replacement works in Sandal