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Essential upgrade to gas mains in Masham, North Yorkshire

The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is carrying out the final phase of a major project, to upgrade gas mains in Masham.

NGN has been working closely with North Yorkshire Council and Masham Parish Council to plan the £340,000 investment programme, which involves laying a brand new 435m medium pressure gas main to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The final phase of the work which will take place on Masham Bridge, a B-road to High Burton, just off the A6108, and The Avenue will commence Tuesday 5 January 2016 and take approximately four weeks to complete.

Works were originally planned to be undertaken on Masham Bridge with plans to close the bridge to vehicles and pedestrians, but following discussions with North Yorkshire Council and Masham Parish Council, NGN has revised its work plan to minimise disruption to customers.

The new proposal will see access maintained to Masham Bridge at all times and the closure of a B-road to High Burton which is located just off the A6108 before Masham Bridge.  The road will be closed to pedestrians and traffic and will be effective from Tuesday 5 January to Tuesday 26 January 2016.  A signed diversion route will be in place and advanced notification signs will advise road users about alternative routes. NGN is advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

The revised works plan will involve engineers using innovative new techniques to insert a new main under the River Ure.

Stuart Armin, construction services area manager for NGN, said: “This work is the final phase of a £340,000 gas mains reinforcement scheme in Masham village. The first phase commenced in September 2015 on Masham Road and is due to be completed before Christmas 2015.  This second phase of our works will start in January 2016.

“We have continued to work closely with North Yorkshire Council and Masham Parish Council to carefully plan these essential works and will be doing all we can to ensure that traffic continues to flow into Masham with minimum disruption for local residents, businesses and passing traffic.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public for their understanding.”

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

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