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An investment scheme to replace around 2.5km of ageing metal gas mains on Skipton Road in Ikley has been temporarily postponed.

The ten week project, which was due to commence Monday 4 January has been put on hold following the collapse of a sewer due to severe weather conditions in the area.

The work, which has been carefully planned in conjunction with the local authority, local traders and the Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled to begin in the New Year to avoid the peak Christmas trading period. The project will now commence once the council has completed the repair work to the sewer and it is deemed safe to do so.

Dean Wooley, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “The gas main in Skipton Road is more than 100 years old and has reached the end of its useful life. Engineers will be replacing it with a modern plastic pipe which will serve the local area for many decades to come.

He continued: “Following the collapse of a sewer in the area, Bradford City Council have asked us to put the works on hold while works get underway to repair the sewer. Once the repair is complete, we will begin our planned gas mains replacement work.

“We recognise that no one likes roadworks and everything will be done to minimise inconvenience to motorists throughout the duration of the work.”

The work has been planned so that it is carried out in 100 metre sections and engineers will be backfilling holes as they go to minimise the disruption caused to members of the public.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently it will be necessary to install two way temporary traffic lights on Skipton Road.  These will be manned during the day to keep the traffic flowing as efficiently as possible.

NGN’s gas mains replacement project will start around 500m north of Victoria Road and continue along Skipton Road finishing 300m short of the centre of Ilkley, near to the junction with Yewbank Terrace.

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

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