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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £150,000 to upgrade to the gas distribution network at Wakefield Road in Salterhebble.

This is the second phase of an earlier NGN gas mains replacement project, which was completed in May 2018.

The scheme is progressing well, and it’s expected that on 15th May, Stainland Road will be opened up to two-way traffic.

To ensure the safety of engineers and members of the public during the project, it will be necessary to keep some traffic management in place until the scheme is completed.

The road closure on Wakefield Road will remain in place in both directions from the mini roundabout connecting Wakefield Road and Stainland Road.

Traffic will be diverted along Bolton Brow and via the A629 from Halifax, and NGN and Calderdale Council are continuing to liaise with Urban Traffic Control to understand how traffic signals along the route can be adjusted to accommodate the increased traffic flow.

Journey times remain likely to be extended because of the traffic management, so motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel.

NGN has also liaised with WYPTE and local bus operators during the works, to develop revised bus service routes in order to minimise impact on commuters.

Through a partnership with Metro, NGN has provided a free shuttle bus linking West Vale to Elland while the one-way system on Stainland Road is in place.

This free bus service will continue until the evening of 14th May, and the usual 503 bus service will then resume when two-way traffic is restored.

NGN’s Customer Care team are continuing to talk to affected residents and businesses, and provide regular updates on progress throughout the scheme.

Updates will also be posted on Facebook/northerngasnetworks and @NGNgas on Twitter.

Chris Nevison, NGN Business Operations Lead for Pennines, said:  “After safety, minimising the impact of road works on our customers is our number one priority.

“The scheme is progressing well and we’re very happy to be able to restore two-way traffic to Stainland Road sooner than planned.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this essential project, and apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause as we look to complete them 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.