Northern Gas Networks is investing £290,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in Durham city centre.
The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure across the north of England and will involve replacing 830 metres of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in Durham for years to come.
The project will commence on Monday 6 January and will be carried out in three phases to minimise city centre disruption. The work is scheduled for completion in May 2014.
John Richardson, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “We’ve developed a phased plan for this project by working closely with Durham County Council to minimise disruption to motorists, residents and local businesses.”
As part of this project, Northern Gas Networks will be working in the Millburngate (junction of Millburngate towards Framwellgate Bridge) and North Road areas of the city.
In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to install temporary traffic lights on Millburngate for approximately eight weeks from Monday 6 January.
The section of North Road leading onto Crossgate and Silver Street will be closed for approximately two weeks from Monday 27 January.
Businesses in the area will be open as usual and access for deliveries will be maintained.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times throughout the project.
Mr Richardson said, “We will continue to keep the general public informed throughout our essential work in Durham city centre.
“Our Customer Care team will be on hand at St Nicholas Church, Market Place to answer any questions from members of the public. The team will be at the venue from 13.30 to 15.30 every Monday and Wednesday from Wednesday 8 January 2014 until Wednesday 29 January 2014.”
Mr Richardson added; “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public for their patience and support.”
If you have any questions about the works please don’t hesitate to contact the Customer Care team on 0845 634 0508, option 7. The team is available between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturday.