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On Saturday 13th October, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) the North of England’s gas distributor, will begin two days of essential gas mains repair work on the A185 Shields Road at Heworth, Gateshead.

Due to a gas escape on a medium pressure gas main in the area, engineers will begin urgent work to fix the pipe.

Our engineers have been working hard over the past week to locate the gas escape on the A185 Shields Road (southbound) however investigations have shown that repair work needs to be undertaken on the gas main located on the A185 (northbound).

In order for works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to introduce a number of temporary traffic management measures.

From 20:00 on Saturday 13th October, until 06:00 on Monday 15th October, a lane closure on the north-bound A185 Shields Road will be implemented.  Whilst the lane closure is in place, there will be no access to the A185 Shields Road from the A184 Felling by-pass.  A signed diversion route will be in place for motorists.

In addition, the A185 southbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane for the duration of works, to ensure the team carrying out these essential repairs can work safely and efficiently.

To ensure the safe and continued flow of traffic in the area, a road closure will be in place on Kirkstone Road.  Traffic will not be able to access Kirkstone Road from the A185 Shields Road.

A road closure will also be in place on Manor Gardens to Wardley Lane Bridge.

Our engineering teams will be working day and night to repair the medium pressure gas main.

It’s expected the work will result in extended journey times, so road users are advised to allow extra time for travel during the work.

Marc Grey, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We’re working closely with Gateshead Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses whilst this essential repair work takes place. We would like to thank everyone for their patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience experienced.”

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.