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Work has continued this month (January) on Leeds Road, Huddersfield as part of the £2.5m upgrade to the ageing gas distribution network in and around the area.

Work is progressing well and from Sunday (21 January) three-way temporary lights will be introduced at the junction of Old Fieldhouse Lane for approximately six-weeks. During this time the central island will be removed to allow for two-way traffic.

From Saturday 17 February works will also take place at the junction of Vine Street for approximately one-week. Access to Vine Street will be maintained but exiting traffic will be required to divert via Fieldhouse Road and Canal Street. In order to complete this section of work safely a lane suspension will be in place on this section of Leeds Road.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves replacing almost 3km of existing metal gas pipes with more durable plastic ones. This will 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 a number of repairs in recent years. Therefore, NGN has prioritised them for replacement this year to minimise any future inconvenience for residents and road users.

Chris Nevison, Business Operational Leader at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works. But by replacing these aging metal pipes with more durable plastic pipes we will be able to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas for at least another 100 years.”

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, seven days a week.