£300K upgrade to Bradford’s gas distribution network

The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is continuing its investment in Bradford with an £300,000 upgrade the ageing metal gas distribution network in North Avenue, Manningham Lane and Midland Road.

The major project is part of NGNs’ ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and will involve replacing 871m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which will commence on Monday 20 July, has been planned, in conjunction with Bradford City Council, with the first phase taking place during the quieter school holiday period in order to keep disruption to a minimum.

Ian Cunningham, Construction Services Area Manager Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Bradford City Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption caused.”

The project has been planned so that it is carried out in two phases with the first phase due to finish in August and the second phase in early November. In order to complete the works as quickly as possible engineers will be working 7 days a week from 8am – 5pm.

Phase 1: Works will begin on 20 July from the junction of North Avenue to the junction of Manningham Lane and will last approximately 10 weeks.

Phase 2: Works will begin on 7 September for approximately 8 weeks from the junction of Midland Road to the junction of Manningham Lane.

In order to carry out the work safety and efficiently it is necessary to close one lane on Queens Road for approximately 8 weeks from 20 July. This will affect anyone travelling from Manningham Lane onto Queens Road, however a short, signed diversion route will be in place.

As Queens Road is a major bus route in and out of Bradford, members of the public are being advised to expect some delays to bus services.  NGN has been liaising with the local bus companies to make them aware of any potential impact to their services.

Ian continued: “We know that no one likes roadworks and we want to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank customers in the area for their continued patience.  Our team of Customer Care Officers has been door knocking residents in the area to make them aware of the work.  We’re asking customers that live on Queens Road to park at the rear of their properties while the lane closure is in place and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

All pedestrian access will be maintained with footpaths remaining open at all times. To ensure that pedestrians can cross the road safely a temporary pedestrian crossing will be in place on Queens Road during the first 8 weeks of the project

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.