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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £50,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network at Portland Way, Leeds.


The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing around 260m 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 scheme, which starts on Monday 11 July and is expected to last around four weeks with an estimated completion date of Friday 5 August, has been planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.


The project will be completed in two phases. Phase One will begin on Monday 11 July and last approximately two weeks, taking place directly on Portland Way.


During this phase, the inside lane of Portland Way will be closed for the full two weeks.  The layby at this section will also be suspended and there will be a temporary footpath closure next to the Woodhouse building site. Access will be maintained for pedestrians at all times via existing footways or temporary walkways.


Phase Two will start on Monday 25 July and last around two weeks with work taking place directly on Portland Gate.  During this phase, the Civic Hall Car Park entrance from Portland Crescent will be closed from Monday 25 July to Monday 8 August. Access to the car park can be gained via the entrance on Portland Way.


NGN engineers will be working from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.


Shops and businesses will remain open as usual.


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 any disruption to customers.


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


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

Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.


About Northern Gas Networks

Northern Gas Networks own all the gas mains in the North East, most of Yorkshire and northern Cumbria transporting gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses.

The network consists of 37,000km of gas mains, enough to stretch from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back.

Our mains replacement programme will see 3,800km of old metal gas main replaced with modern plastic equivalents by 2021.

For more information please visit our website www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk


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You can contact Northern Gas Network’s press office on: 0113 3227950 during office hours (between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) or call the out of hours service on 0113 3227978 at any other time.

You can contact the Northern Gas Networks Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7. The team is available between 8am and 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am and 5pm on Saturday.