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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £400,000 to replace around 530m of ageing metal gas mains in the Wakefield city centre with new durable plastic pipes.

The upgrade, which is scheduled to start on Monday 13 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 is expected to take 17 weeks to complete, will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers living and working in the city for years to come.

The project has been carefully planned in conjunction with Wakefield City Council and will commence on Greenwood Road and then progress on to Stanley Road.  The final phase of the work will take place on Jacobs Well Lane.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently, a single lane closure and temporary two-way traffic lights will be in place on Greenwood Road from Monday 13 July for approximately two weeks.

As work progresses the lane closure will move to Stanley Road with temporary traffic lights at the junction of Greenwood Road and Stanley Road, moving down Stanley Road and finally at the junction of Jacobs Well Lane and Stanley Road.

It is expected that all work in the road will be complete by September when the lane will reopen and work will move to the central reservation on Jacobs Well Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Warren Iveson, Construction Services Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “Some of the pipes in Wakefield city centre are nearly 100 years old and now need replacing so that we can ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

“We’ve planned the project carefully so that the majority of the work in the road is taking place during the quieter school holiday period which we hope will help to ease traffic flow in the area. Our engineers will be working during the weekend throughout the project in order to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

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.”

NGN’s 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.  They’ll be providing regular updates to customers as the work progresses.

NGN is holding a community forum on Monday 6 July at the Trinity Methodist Church on Norton Road, Wakefield.  Members of the public are being invited to drop in between 4pm – 6pm to find out more about the work and ask any questions they may have.

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

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