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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £450,000 to carry out an essential gas main connection project, which will feed a new power station due to be built on Park Lane, Cottingham.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development and investment in the area’s gas infrastructure and involves laying over a kilometre of new gas main to reinforce the gas network.

This will help to maintain pressure during the winter months and ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The 10-week project, which is due to start on Monday 3 July 2017, has been carefully planned in conjunction with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  NGN will begin the works in the summer months to ensure connections to the power station are completed in time for the winter period.

Due to the location of the gas main and in order to carry out the works safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to introduce various temporary traffic management measures for the duration of the project.

Starting on Monday 3 July 2017, a road closure will be in place on George Street between Northgate and Hallgate for around four weeks. During this time, a signed diversion route will be in place for motorists but access to George Street and Hallgate will be maintained via a one-way system only.

From Monday 3 July, a road closure will also be placed on Hallgate between the junction of George Street and Barnyard Avenue for around four weeks.

As works progress, temporary two-way traffic lights will then be placed on Northgate for approximately one week from Monday 31 July.

Whilst the temporary traffic management measures are in position, signed diversion routes clearly displayed for road users with pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

It’s expected these work may cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel during the road closure. NGN will endeavour to complete these works as soon as possible, and will provide updates on progress throughout the project.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual, and there will be no effect on gas supply to local properties while the works are in progress.

NGN will be holding a community forum at Cottingham Civic Hall, Market Green, Cottingham, HU16 5QG between 4pm and 5.30pm on Thursday 29 June 2017, where customers can drop in to find out more about the works and ask the NGN team any questions they may have. 

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local homes and businesses to make customers aware of the work, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work happening in the area.

Robert Hope, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We are working closely with the local council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter, and thank them for their support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

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