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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £68,000 to upgrade the ageing metal gas mains in Bedford Close, Lepton, Huddersfield.

This major project is part of NGNs’ ongoing replacement of infrastructure in the region and will involve replacing around 1.3km 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 commenced on Monday 4 January and will take approximately 7 weeks to complete, has been carefully planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council to minimise disruption to members of the public.

In order to carry out these works safely and efficiently it will be necessary to put three              two- week long footpath closures in place.  The first closure will be in place on the footpath at 112 Ings Way East from 4 January and will be removed around 17 January.  The second closure will be in place on the footpath at 68 Ings Way East from 11 January until around 24 January.  The third and final closure will be in place on the footpath at 5 Bedford Close from 1 February and will be removed around 14 February. Access will be maintained to properties in the area at all times.

Paul Jagger, Construction Services Area Manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Kirkless Council to carefully plan these works.  Our Customer Care Officers have been speaking to customers in the area to let them know about the work, explain  why we’re doing it and assure them that we will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption caused.

“As the majority of the work will be carried out in the footpath it is necessary to temporarily close part of the footpath on Bedford Close.  We’ve planned the work so that the footpath closure is phased to ensure that we keep disruption to a minimum.  We’ll be doing all we can to provide as much access as possible during the work.

He 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

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