£130k upgrade to Wakefield gas distribution network

The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £130,000 to upgrade the ageing metal gas distribution network at Blacker Lane in Netherton, Wakefield.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and will involve replacing around 900m 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 will begin on Saturday 11 February and last around seven weeks with an estimated completion date of Friday 31 March, has been planned in conjunction with Wakefield Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

Works will take place on Netherton Lane, Church Lane, Meadow Court, Blacker Lane, High Ridge and Blacker Crescent.

For these works to be completed safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to place two-way and three-way temporary traffic signals on Netherton Lane and Blacker Lane from Saturday 11 February. These will be in place throughout the project, manually operated during peak times to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

A road closure will also be introduced on Church Lane between 13 February and 24 February.

As Netherton Lane is a bus route, all public transport users are advised to prepare for extended journey times due to the traffic management in place.

Engineers will be working from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm with additional weekend work included.

Josh Hampshire, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Wakefield Council to carefully plan these works in order to minimise any disruption caused.

“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.