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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £340k to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around Trinity Street, Huddersfield.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in Huddersfield and will involve replacing around 2.6km 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.

This project is being completed in two phases. Phase one began on Monday 3 July and will take approximately 13-weeks to complete. Works began on Park Drive South and will progress onto Trinity Street on Monday 24 July for the remaining duration.

Phase 2 will begin on Monday 7 August on Trinity Street and will take a further 14-weeks to complete. All works have been planned in conjunction with Kirklees Council to be completed during the school holidays to ensure the scheme is completed with as little disruption as possible.

To allow NGN to complete Phase 2 as safely and efficiently as possible, it is necessary to introduce a closure to the junction of Fitzwilliam Street, Park Avenue and Trinity Street. This closure will be in place from Monday 24 July until Sunday 3 September. Vernon Avenue will also be closed from Friday 4 August until Friday 1 September.

Advanced warning signs will be displayed for all motorists and a diversion route will be clearly signposted.

Whilst this junction closure is in place, two-way temporary traffic lights will be introduced onto Trinity Street from Monday 24 July until Sunday 3 September and will be manually operated between 7am and 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 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.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.