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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £145,000 to upgrade ageing metal gas mains on South Parade, Ossett.

This major project is part of NGNs’ ongoing replacement of infrastructure in the region and will involve upgrading over 1.2km 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 19 January and is scheduled to take approximately eight weeks to complete, has been carefully planned in conjunction with Wakefield City Council.

Warren Iveson, construction services area manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “We know that no one likes roadworks and we have been working closely with Wakefield City Council to plan the work to minimise the disruption caused.

He continued: “Our teams have been door knocking local homes and businesses in the area to make them aware of the work and how it will affect them.  We will be holding a community forum at the South Ossett Baptist Church, Junction Lane Ossett, WF5 OHA on Thursday 14 January from 4-6pm where our team will be on hand to answer any questions about the work.  We hope to see people there.”

The project will be carried out in phases to minimise the disruption caused.  Work will take place in the following streets:

Leopold Street

Goring Park Avenue

Junction Lane

Spa Croft Road

Junction Lane

Greenfield Close

In order to complete the works safely and efficiently it will be necessary to put a number of traffic management measures in place. Two way traffic signals will be in place on South Parade from 19 January and will remain throughout the works and four way traffic signals will be in place at the junction of South Parade and Junction Lane from Saturday 6 February for two weeks.

There will be no changes to any existing bus services in the area and NGN will endeavour to maintain pedestrian access at all times.

A Customer Care Officer will be on hand throughout the work to keep all local homes and businesses in the area informed as the work progresses.

Warren continued: “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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