Upgrade to Pontefract’s ageing gas mains

Northern Gas Networks will be investing £90,000 to replace approximately 350 metres of ageing metal gas mains in Pontefract with new durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to residents in the area for years to come.

The essential work will commence on Monday 28 April in Barnsley Road, South Kirkby and is expected to take a total of six weeks to complete.

In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, the section of Barnsley Road from the entry point to the exit point of the green will be closed and temporary traffic lights will be in place for approximately five weeks from 30 April.

From 2 June temporary traffic lights will be in place on Barnsley Road for approximately one week to manage the flow of traffic in the area.

Businesses will remain open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

John Pickering, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said; “We have planned our work closely with the Highways Department at Wakefield Council, to minimise disruption.

Mr Pickering added, “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Northern Gas Networks’ Customer Care team is available between 8am and 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday by calling 0845 634 0508, and selecting option 7.

Anyone who smells gas should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.