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The latest phase of work to modernise the gas network in the Blackmoorfoot Road and Manchester Road area of Huddersfield is due to be completed seven days ahead of schedule.

The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £200k to upgrade the gas distribution network to get the network fit for a low carbon future and ensure that customers can continue to heat their homes and businesses, cook and get hot water for decades to come.

The project began on 11 November and work is progressing well. Work at the junction of Manchester Road and Blackmoorfoot Road was due to complete on 21 January but NGN engineers have completed their work a full week ahead of schedule. This section will now reopen on Monday 13 January and all temporary traffic management will be removed.

Phase two will take place between 27 January and 16 February. It will see works begin on Manchester Road, with engineers working towards the lights at the junction with Morley Lane and Cowlersley Lane.

Morley Lane will be closed at the junction, and three-way temporary lights will be introduced on Manchester Road and Cowlersley Lane.

From 3 February until 16 February, Mount Street will also be closed at the junction of Manchester Road.

During this time, traffic flow on the one-way street will be changed to two-way.

It’s expected that journey times will be increased because of the traffic management, so all motorists and commuters are advised to leave extra time for travel.

NGN’s Customer Care team will be on site throughout to provide updates to affected businesses and residents. Further updates will be provided throughout the scheme, posted on Facebook/northerngasnetworks and @NGNgas.

Chris Nevison, Business Operations Lead for Pennines, said: “After safety, minimising the impact of road works on our customers is our top priority.

“We have worked closely with Kirklees Council to plan this works. We would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we carry out this essential project.  We know that no one likes roadworks and our engineers have been working hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.  We’re really pleased that we are able to finish this latest stage of these essential works a week early.”

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.