Work is already underway to upgrade the pipeline and is expected to be completed in early August.
Engineers from United Utilities and Morgan Est will carry out the work on behalf of north Yorkshire’s gas pipeline owner, Northern Gas Networks.
Almost four kilometres of old metal gas mains will be replaced with modern plastic pipe which is safer and more reliable. Replacing the main will protect the integrity of the gas supply for hundreds of customers in the area for decades to come.
The upgrade will see new pipe laid on: St Stephens Road, St Stephens Square, The Reeves and Throresby Road. Work will also be carried out to connect the newly laid pipe to the existing network on Cornlands Road, Tithe Close and Gale Lane.
The majority of the work is being carried out in residential areas and is not expected to affect traffic.
Northern Gas Networks and United Utilities apologise for any inconvenience experienced by residents while these essential gas works are carried out. Northern Gas Networks’ Director Chris Gorman said: “We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption. This year, Northern Gas Networks will invest £80 million renewing gas mains to ensure that our system remains one of the safest in the world.
“The good news is that we will be using modern technology to reduce the number of excavations we need to complete the work and our new plastic pipes are more durable and flexible and have a lifespan of at least 80 years.”