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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £250k to upgrade to the gas distribution network in the Northgate area of Halifax.

The project, which has been planned in close conjunction with Calderdale Council, will begin on Monday 15 July, at the junction of Northgate and Winding Road. Works are expected to last around 13 weeks and will involve replacing 160 metres of ageing metallic gas main with new plastic pipes.

Due to the complexity of the engineering involved, and to ensure the safety of our teams and members of the public during the project, it will be necessary to introduce some traffic management.

From 15 July, there will be restricted lane access on Northgate to ensure a safe working space while engineers replace the gas main.

The existing traffic lights will be unaffected, however NGN is working with Urban Traffic Control to adjust light timings in order to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

Phased night working will also be introduced to ensure the junction at Broad Street Plaza car park remains unaffected during the day.

It’s expected that journey times will increase because of the traffic management, so motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel while the works take place.

NGN’s Customer Care team will be speaking to affected residents and businesses and providing regular updates on progress throughout the scheme. Updates will also be posted on Facebook/northerngasnetworks and @NGNgas as well as Calderdale Council’s channels.

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

“We have worked closely with Calderdale Council to plan this works. We know that town centre works have a major impact on road users and would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this essential project.

“We 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.