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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing over £90,000 to upgrade ageing metal gas mains in Armitage Road, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield.

This major project is part of NGNs’ ongoing replacement of infrastructure in the region and will involve replacing around 1Km of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which will commence on Tuesday 5 January, will take approximately 12 weeks to complete and has been carefully planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council.  The work will be carried out in phases to minimise the disruption caused to members of the public and local businesses.

The gas distributer has also been liaising with residents and business to get advice on the best time to carry out the work and the project has been planned so that it is completed before March, when filming is due to start at a local film studio.

Jade Wardle, Stakeholder Manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with residents, local businesses and Kirklees Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption caused.”

In order to carry out works safely and efficiently it will be necessary to install temporary three way traffic lights on Armitage Bridge Road at the junction with Bankfoot Lane from 5 January for approximately three weeks.  Traffic signals will be manned at peak times in order to manage the flow of traffic

Two way traffic signals will then be in place for two weeks from 25 January as the work progresses from the junction of Bankfoot Lane.

The final stage of the work will see a section of Armitage Bridge Road, outside St Paul’s Church, closed from 1 February to 27 March. Signed diversions will be in place.

The footpath on Armitage Road will be closed from 29 February until 27 March however pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Businesses in the area will remain open as usual.

Jade concluded: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public for their patience and support.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766 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.