Work has already started to renew gas mains in 11 streets. The work is being carried out by United Utilities on behalf of the region’s gas pipeline owner Northern Gas Networks. The streets benefiting from the replacement gas mains are Hexham Avenue, Westminster Crescent, Monkton Lane, Finchale Road, Melrose Avenue, Medway Avenue, Severn Avenue, Clyde Avenue, Mersey Road, Liffey Road and Wye Road.
In total, a massive 3.5km of old metal mains will be replaced with modern plastic pipe to ensure the safety and reliability of gas supplies in the town for decades to come. The work is expected to take up to the middle of June to complete.
United Utilities apologise for any inconvenience caused to motorists, businesses and residents while these essential gas works are carried out. A Customer Liaison Officer will make regular visits to the area to ensure that residents and businesses are informed of progress. This will include visits to local schools to ensure that safety messages about the dangers of playing near excavations are given to the children who live in the area.
Northern Gas Networks’ Director Chris Gorman said everything possible would be done to keep the inconvenience of the work to a minimum.
“We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption. Northern Gas Networks invests £82 million renewing gas mains to ensure that our system remains one of the safest in the world.” he said.
“The good news is that our new plastic pipes are more durable and flexible and once in the ground will have a lifespan of at least 80 years.”