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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will be investing £20,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network at Skellgarths, Ripon.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project has been carefully planned in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council to minimise any disruption caused.

Work will begin on Monday 21 January 2019 and is scheduled to last for approximately one week.

In order for works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to implement a road closure on the B6265 Skellgarths, for the full duration of works.  The road closure will be in place from the junction of Wellington Cottage to outside number 2 Skellgarths.  Access for residents at Wellington Cottage will be maintained.  There will be no through road for residents at Water Skellgate.

A signed diversion route will be in place for other road users.

It’s expected these works will extend journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel whilst the road closure is in place.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the work, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place. Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter @NGNgas and Facebook @northerngasnetworks.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual throughout the project.

Chris Cunniff, Site Manager 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.