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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £370,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in the Woodlands Avenue, Willow Rise and Stutton Road area of Tadcaster.

The major project will involve replacing 5.3km 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.

This work forms part of NGN’s wider investment in Tadcaster’s infrastructure, which is essential to ensuring that gas supply meets demand during the winter months, following the collapse of Tadcaster Bridge in December last year.

Work will begin on Monday 7 November and last approximately nine weeks with an estimated completion date of 27 January. These works are essential to ensure a reliable gas supply to properties, before the onset of winter.

NGN has worked closely with North Yorkshire County Council to minimise the impact of the work, since identifying the need for the project with the council.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive member for Highways, said: “These works identified by Northern Gas Networks are essential to ensure residents retain the gas supply they need, which is particularly important as we head into winter.

“They are part of the ongoing work to strengthen Tadcaster’s resilience. We will continue to liaise with NGN to minimise any disruption.”

In order to complete the project as safely and quickly as possible, two teams of engineers will start work at the end of the estate and move inwards. As well as Woodlands Avenue, Stutton Road and Willow Rise, other streets which will be affected include Dorchester Road, Marlborough Avenue, Sedge Rise, Broom Road, Woodlands Views, Beech Tree Road, Fir Tree Crescent, The Fairway, Cherry Tree Walk and Windmill Rise.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and engineers will work from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm, although will work seven days per week when necessary.

A Customer Cabin will be on site every Thursday from 1-3pm, where Customer Care officers will be available to discuss the works, provide progress updates and answer questions.

Robert Hope, Construction Services Area Manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with North Yorkshire County 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

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.