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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £66,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in Bondgate, Otley.


The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing 65m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, ensuring the continued safe and reliable supply to customers in the area for years to come.


The project, which begins on Monday 18 July and will last approximately four weeks, has been planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.


It will be necessary to have traffic management measures in place during the scheme.

A road closure will be introduced on Crow Lane on Monday 18 July which will remain in place for the full duration of the project, with a diversion route clearly signposted for all motorists.


Stop/Go boards will be used on Gay Lane from Monday 25 July for three weeks, operated between 6.30am and 7pm. Two-way temporary traffic lights will be used outside of these hours.


A full road closure will be placed on Charles Street from Monday 1 August for the last two weeks of the project, with a diversion route clearly signposted for all motorists.


All bus services will run as normal, however there will be use of temporary bus stops as existing stops will be suspended during each phase of the works


Engineers will be working from Monday to Sunday between 8am and 5pm, with weekend work completed when required. Safe pedestrian access will be provided at all times.


A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 June between 4pm and 6pm at Otley Town Council, Otley Core Resource Centre, Unit 11 Orchard Gate, Otley, LS21 3NX for customers who have any questions about the project.

Russ Oxley, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works in order to minimise disruption to customers.


“We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible.”


For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

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