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From Monday 23 July, the North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will be upgrading the ageing gas distribution network on North Bailey, Durham.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure and will involve replacing more than 30m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes. This will ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The two-week project has been carefully planned in conjunction with Durham County Council to minimise the impact caused. Due to the nature of the works, the following traffic management will be in place.

Phase one of the works will take place at the junction of Dun Cow Lane for approximately one-week. During this time a road closure will be implemented from 8.45am until 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Phase two of the works will take place within the grounds of Hatfield College with no traffic management in place whilst works are carried out.

Michael Pratt, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Durham County 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 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, seven days a week.