Safer, more reliable gas supplies are in the pipeline for hundreds of families in York, thanks to a mains upgrade scheme from Northern Gas Networks.
The project, which will get underway on July 23, will see engineers for the region's gas distributor replace 670 metres of old cast iron gas mains on a section of Hull Road with modern plastic pipes which are more durable.
The work will be carried out on behalf of Northern Gas Networks by engineers from Balfour Beatty. It will take up to seven weeks to complete, and will stretch from Hull Road's junction with Tang Hall Lane to its junction with Lamel Street.
In order for the work to be carried out safely, traffic will be controlled by temporary lights. Motorists are advised to add a few minutes to their journey times.
Road closures on two side streets - Norman Street and Cycle Street - are also expected to be required, lasting up to two weeks. The date of these closures will be confirmed nearer the time. Northern Gas Networks has made an arrangement with the local Co-op store on Hull Road for local residents to use the store's car park, while work is taking place on these side streets. In return, Northern Gas Networks has made a £300 donation to Mencap - the Co-op's national charity for this year.
Northern Gas Networks' Garry Farnhill said: "The gas mains beneath Hull Road have reached the end of their useful life. We'll be replacing them with modern plastic pipes which will serve local homes and businesses for decades to come.
"The work has been timed to coincide with the school holidays, when traffic is lighter. We have been working closely with York City Council to plan the scheme in a way that will minimise inconvenience for motorists.
"We'd ask road users and residents to bear with us while we carry out this essential work - and can promise everyone we'll be working as quickly as possible to get the job done. We'd especially like to thank the local Co-op store for helping out with the parking situation for residents on Norman Street and Cycle Street."
The improvement scheme is part of Northern Gas Network's rolling programme of gas mains renewal, which will see more than £91 million invested during the current financial year (2012/13) to upgrade gas pipes across the region.