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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £300,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in Fall Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and will involve refurbishing 50m of existing metal gas pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which will begin on Monday 3 April and last around 10 weeks with an estimated completion date of 9 June, has been planned in conjunction with Network Rail due to the location and complexity of the scheme.

In order to complete the works, it will be necessary to cross over a section of Network Rail’s apparatus. This phase of works will be completed during a period that is convenient for Network Rail.

So engineers can carry out the work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to have a full road closure on Fall Lane. This will be in place from Monday 3 April for the full duration of the works.

The bridge will be closed to traffic and pedestrians throughout the project, while access to Milner Royd Lane will be maintained for Network Rail.

Northern Gas Networks have liaised closely with Calderdale Council to plan the traffic management, and a  clearly signed alternative diversion route will be provided for all motorists.

It’s anticipated there will be no delays to bus services.

Engineers will be working Monday to Sunday from 7.30am to 5.30pm with some night shift activity taking place when required, as agreed with Network Rail.

A public meeting to discuss the works will take place on Wednesday 29th March between 7.30 and 9.30pm at Norland C of E (VC) Junior and Infant School, Berry Moor Road, Norland, HX6 3RN.  Residents are welcome to come along to the meeting to meet the NGN Customer Care team, learn more about the works and ask any questions they may have.

Vaughan Crawford, Project Lead for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have carefully planned these works in order to arrange a date and duration that best fits the schedule of Network Rail.  We will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum whilst these works take place.

“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

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