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From Monday (12 February), the north of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will start work on upgrading the ageing gas distribution network on Middlegate, Penrith.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area and involves replacing approximately 100m of existing metal gas pipes with more durable plastic ones. This will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The three-week project has been carefully planned in conjunction with Penrith Town Council and Eden District Council to ensure the works are completed as quickly and safely as possible.

Due to the location of the gas main it will be necessary to introduce a road closure along the complete length of Middlegate for the duration of the works. A signed diversions, via Brunswick Road, Cromwell Road, Ullswater Road, A66 and Bridge Lane (A6), will be in place for motorists.

It’s expected that these works may cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel. Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual throughout the project.

Matty McBride, Business Operational Leader for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We have been working closely with Penrith Town Council and Eden District Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter, and thank everyone for their support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.