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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) will be carrying out further preparatory work for an essential gas mains diversion project at Killingworth Road in Gosforth, Newcastle, from Monday 27 March.

The major project to divert a length of gas main away from a section of carriageway due for improvement will begin in earnest later this year, as part of a wider programme of essential maintenance and upgrades on this main route in and out of the city.

NGN will carry out work on behalf of Newcastle City Council and Nexus from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March. In order for engineers to complete this work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to temporarily close one lane heading northbound on Killingworth Road between Back Gallalaw Terrace (north) up to and including Salters Bridge during this time.

The southbound lane will remain open during the works, and southbound traffic travelling towards Haddricks Mill will run as normal. All northbound traffic which usually travels along Killingworth Road will be diverted from the Haddricks Mill junction to Salters Lane via the Four Lane Ends junction.

It’s expected the traffic management in place will cause extended journey times, so people are advised to leave extra time for travel.

Access to properties on Back Gallalaw Terrace will be maintained throughout the works and bus companies have been notified of the traffic restrictions in place.

Andy Coyne, Major Projects Lead for NGN said: “We have been working closely with our clients Newcastle City Council and Nexus to carefully plan these works and will do all we can to minimise disruption to road users and local residents.

“We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, and thank our customers for their patience as we look to complete the work as quickly and as safely as we can.”

For further information about the works 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