Residents and businesses in the Skipton Road area will benefit from the upgrade which will see around 200m of ageing metal gas pipe replaced with modern plastic pipe which is safer and more reliable.
Work started on June 21 and is expected to take around six weeks to complete. Engineers are currently working on Elmsley Street, this section of the project is not expect to cause any disruption to road-users.
In order to allow road-users to pass our works safely some traffic management measures will need to be put in place when engineers progress to working on Skipton Road. From 28 June temporary traffic lights will be in operation on Skipton Road between its junctions with Clough Avenue and Mill Lane. These lights will be manned at peak times to help minimise disruption to road-users and to ensure that emergency vehicles are given right of way.
Engineers from United Utilities and Enterprise will carry out the work on behalf of the region’s pipeline owner, Northern Gas Networks.
Area Operations Manager Tony Thompson said: “We have done a lot of pre-planning with highways officials before starting this work. Our engineers are going to do their absolute best to get in and out as quickly and safely as possible.
“We know this is a busy road and there may be some congestion at peak times so we are asking residents and motorists to bear with us.
“The work will take less than two months to complete but the resulting improvements will give the area a fantastic gas network which will last 80 years.”
A Northern Gas Networks’ customer liaison officer will be on site throughout the works to ensure that high standards of customer care are met and any queries are dealt with promptly and efficiently.
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 £63 million renewing gas mains to ensure that our system remains one of the safest in the world. The good news is that our new plastic pipes are more durable and flexible and have a lifespan of at least 80 years.”