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Engineers from Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributer for the North of England, are continuing essential gas mains repair works at Manchester Road in Huddersfield.

NGN has been monitoring a controlled gas escape on the existing main in Manchester Road however the main now requires emergency repair, and a team of engineers began the work on Friday 5 May.

In order for this to be carried out safely and efficiently, four-way temporary traffic lights have been placed on Manchester Road at the junction of St Thomas’ Road, manually operated between 7am and 7pm in order to ensure a steady flow of traffic. NGN teams are working around the clock to complete the work as quickly as possible.

As engineers continue work to reach the escape, it will be necessary to introduce a no-left turn into St Thomas’ Road from the outbound carriageway of Manchester Road. This will be in place from 9.30am on Thursday 11 May 2017 until the repair is complete. Traffic heading into town will still be able to turn right into St Thomas’ Road while clearly displayed signs will be in place to inform motorists of the traffic management in place.

It’s expected that the traffic management will result in extended journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel.

Richard Streeting, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “The safety of the public and our engineers is our number one priority and in order for us to carry out this essential repair as quickly and safely as we can, we need to introduce a no left-turn into St Thomas’ Road from Manchester Road.

“We’re working closely with Kirklees Council Highways in order to minimise disruption and will do all we can to carry out the work as quickly as possible, with our teams working in shifts around the clock until the repair is complete.

“We’re speaking to local businesses to keep them updated on progress and would like to thank the public for their continued patience during this time and apologise for any inconvenience customers may experience.”

For further information about the work, customers can contact the NGN Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

Anyone that smells gas or suspect carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.