Infrastructure upgrade for Barnard Castle

Engineers from Northern Gas Networks will take extra care to ensure that a Barnard Castle landmark remains in pristine condition during upcoming gas mains replacement work.

Essential work is due to start on Monday 7 April 2014, to replace around 90m of ageing metal gas mains in the Scar Top area of the town.

The work forms part of a wider gas mains replacement programme which will see more than 3,800km of ageing metal gas mains across the north of England replaced with new durable plastic pipes by 2021.

When carrying out the work in Scar Top, our highly skilled engineers will take extra precautions to ensure that the unique yellow tarmac road surface remains undamaged.

Gordon Thompson, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks said: “The road is constructed from a special yellow tarmac, and we are working closely with Durham County Council to ensure that this is not damaged during our work.

“We will be placing special rubber mats and planking on the road for protection, and we will not be unloading or tipping on the surface.

“We understand how important Scar Top is to the people of Barnard Castle and will do everything we can to ensure that the road looks as good when we finish our work as it did when we started.”

Mr Thompson added, “Our work is essential to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to our customers in Barnard Castle for years to come.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we complete this essential work and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”

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.

If you smell gas please call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.