Essential upgrade to Bramley gas distribution network

The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £50,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network at the Leeds and Bradford Road canal bridge in Bramley, Leeds.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and will involve replacing 150 metres of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which begins on Friday 2 September and will last approximately three weeks with an estimated completion date of 25 September, has been planned in conjunction with Network Rail, British Waterways and Leeds City Council’s Bridges Department to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

The scheme will be carried out in three phases, Phase One beginning at 7pm on Friday 2 September and continuing until 5am on Monday 5 September. In order for engineers to carry out the work safely and efficiently, some traffic management will be necessary.

There will be a lane closure on the outbound lane of the B6157 Leeds and Bradford Road, and no access for buses or heavy goods vehicles on the inbound lane. A fully signed diversion will be in place for these drivers to follow.

Phase Two will begin on Monday September 5 and will continue until Friday 23 September, but will not require any traffic management.

Phase Three will begin at 7pm on Friday 23 September and is expected to continue until 5am Monday 26 September. During this time there will be a lane closure on the outbound lane of the B6157 with no access inbound for buses or heavy goods vehicles. Again, a fully signed diversion will be in place for these drivers to follow.

It’s expected that there will be some delays to bus services during Phases One and Three, and all bus companies have been notified of the works and will be kept informed throughout.

NGN engineers will be on site between 7.30am and 5pm during Phase Two, however during Phases One and Three, teams will be working shifts across 24 hours in order to complete the project as safely and as quickly as possible.

James Knox, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Network Rail, British Waterways and Leeds City Council’s Bridges Department to carefully plan this project and will introduce the traffic management on weekends only to reduce disruption to customers.

“We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 7 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.