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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is carrying out the final phase of its £150,000 upgrade to the gas mains infrastructure in Batley Road and St Pauls Drive in Wakefield.

The final stage of the essential project begins today (15 February) and will involve upgrading around 200m of ageing metallic gas mains in St Pauls Drive.

Engineers replaced 600m of ageing metallic gas mains in Batley Road last summer as part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area.

The final phase of the project, which is estimated to be an investment of around £70,000, is scheduled to take three weeks to complete and has been carefully planned in conjunction with Wakefield Council in order to minimise the disruption caused.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently it will be necessary to close St Pauls Drive to all traffic from Monday 15 February until Friday 4 March.  A signed diversion route will be in place during this time and will be clearly signposted for motorists.  Access will be maintained for residents of St Pauls Drive at all times.

The bus stop at the end of St Pauls Drive will be suspended and a temporary stand will be put in place for the duration of the works.

Warren Iveson, Construction Services Area Manger said: “We’re returning to carry out the final phase of an essential upgrade to gas mains in the area which will involve replacing 200m of existing metallic gas main with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in the area for years to come.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to members of the public for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”

If you have any questions about the work please don’t hesitate to contact the Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766. The team is available between 8am and 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am and 5pm on Saturday.