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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £90,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network at Micklefield Lane in Rawdon, Leeds.


The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing 700m 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 will begin on Monday 18 July and is expected to last around eight weeks with an estimated completion date of Friday 9 September. It has been planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.


Engineers will be working Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm on the following dates: Lombard Street 18 July – 29 July, The Row 25 July – 29 July, London Lane 1 August – 5 August, London Street 1 August – 5 August, Apperley Lane 1 August – 19 August, Back Lombard Street 8 August – 12 August, Lombard Street 8 August – 12 August, Princess Street 8 August – 12 August, Micklefield Lane 15 August – 19 August, Springwood Road 22 August – 2 September, Chevington Court 29 August – 2 September, Springbank 5 September – 9 September.


In order to complete the work safely and efficiently, there will be several traffic management measures in place.


Two-way temporary traffic lights will be introduced on Apperley Lane from Monday 1 August to Monday 8 August, and these will be manually operated at peak times to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.


There will be a road closure in place on Apperley Lane for traffic leaving Bradford only, between Monday 8 August and Monday 15 August between 9.30am and 6.30pm. A diversion via Micklefield Lane will be used between 6.30pm and 9.30am.


There will be no access to Apperley Lane for traffic coming from Bradford between Monday 15 August and Wednesday 24 August, however there will be a diversion route in place via Micklefield Lane.


Between Tuesday 30 August and Monday 5 September there will be a road closure on Micklefield Lane with a diversion route in place via Apperley Lane.


Local bus services are likely to experience some delays during the work.


Russ Oxley, Construction Services Area Manager Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works during the school holiday period, in order to minimise 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 the project completed as quickly and safely 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

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