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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing around £190,000 to upgrade the ageing metal gas distribution network in Wakefield Road, Back Chapel Lane, and Smithy Lane at Moldgreen, Huddersfield.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing around 350m 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, which began on Monday 22 August, is progressing well and has been planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

Several phases of the scheme are now complete, and engineers returned to Wakefield Road on Friday 2 December to complete additional work.

In order for engineers to carry out the work as safely and efficiently as possible, lane two of the outbound carriageway of Wakefield Road will be temporarily closed for around seven days. There will also be a road closure on Smithy Lane at this time, with a short signed diversion in place for motorists.

On top of working Monday to Friday, engineers will be working Saturdays and Sundays to complete this phase as quickly as possible.

The project will then be completed in the new year when the team will return to Wakefield Road to undertake work in the inbound and outbound carriageway for up to four weeks. This phase is being planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council and further details will be shared nearer the time.

Paul Jagger, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Kirklees Council to carefully plan these works 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 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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