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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £2.5m to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around Leeds Road and St Andrews Road, Huddersfield.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in Huddersfield and will involve replacing around 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.

The ageing pipes, some of which are nearly 100 years old, have required several emergency repairs in recent years. NGN has prioritised them for replacement this year to minimise any future inconvenience.

The work on Leeds Road began earlier this month and is due for completion in June 2018, having been planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council to ensure the scheme is completed with as little disruption as possible.

Phase One is progressing well, taking place directly outside the Superbowl and down to the junction of Bradley Mills Lane. This phase is expected to last approximately 18 weeks.

During this time the cycle lane on Leeds Road is closed, while the footpath directly outside the Superbowl and along Leeds Road is also closed. Pedestrians should use existing crossings and cross at safe locations to the opposite footpath while this section of works is taking place.

From Saturday 27 May, the junction of Canal Street from Leeds Road will be closed and one lane of the outbound carriageway of Leeds Road also closed for around one week.

From Monday 5 June, a second team will begin work on St Andrews Road outside the Ford garage.

In order to ensure the safety of engineers and the public, it will be necessary to introduce a one-way system from the junction of Leeds Road to the junction of Gas Works Street.

This will remain in place for around 20 weeks

NGN’s Customer Care officers have been door-knocking local businesses and residents to update them on progress and provide details of the traffic management plans.

Engineers will be working from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 4.30pm and NGN will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Paul Jagger, Construction Services Area Manager Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Kirklees Council to carefully plan these works to coincide with their resurfacing scheme due to take place on Leeds Road next year and minimise any 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 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

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