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 The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £245k to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around Briarlyn Avenue, Huddersfield.

The essential project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in Huddersfield and will involve replacing around 2km 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 18-week scheme began in May on Weatherhill Road and will now progress to Briarlyn Avenue, Briarlyn Road and West Street. Works have been planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council to ensure the scheme is completed with as little disruption as possible.

To carry out the work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to introduce three-way temporary traffic lights at the junction of East Street, West Street and Lidgett Street from Monday 24 July.

A road closure will also be in place on Birchencliffe Hill Road and the rear of 12-42 Thorncliffe Street for around four weeks from Monday 24 July.

The three-way temporary traffic lights will remain in place until work progresses away from the junction down towards West Street, where the lights will become two-way.

All lights will be manually operated between 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday.

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 in order to 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 this project 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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