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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing more than £200,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network on Helredale Road, Whitby.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure and will involve replacing approximately 1.6km 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 17-week project has been carefully planned in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council to minimise the impact caused.

Works will start on Monday 3 September and in order to complete works as safely and efficiently as possible it will be necessary to implement temporary traffic management measures.

From Monday (3 September) temporary traffic lights will be in place on Helredale Road and Stainsacre Lane for 14-weeks. The traffic lights will then move up Helredale Road in sections as the works progress.

It’s expected these works may cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel whilst the temporary traffic signals are in place.

Pete Knapton, Network Officer for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with North Yorkshire County 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 everyone 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 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.