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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £60k to upgrade to the gas distribution network in the Huddersfield Road area of Elland.

This essential work is due to begin on Monday 23rd March, having been planned closely with Calderdale Council.

The project will see 140 metres of old metallic main replaced with new plastic pipes. This is to ensure the continued reliable and safe supply of gas to customers in Elland for years to come.

The project is planned to last approximately five weeks, with the majority of the work taking place between Huddersfield Road and Southgate.

To ensure the safety of NGN teams and members of the public during the project, it will be necessary to introduce traffic management at several stages.

Phase One will involve a lane closure on Huddersfield Road and Southgate from 23rd March, while Phase Two will involve a lane closure on Southgate only from 30th March.

For Phase Three, a road closure will be introduced on Catherine Street and a lane closure on Southgate between 30th March and 19th April.

For Phase Four, a stop-and-go system will be introduced on Huddersfield Road, with priority given to south-bound traffic. This will be manually operated during the daytime and will switch to traffic lights during the evening.

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

NGN’s Customer Care team have been speaking to affected businesses and will provide regular updates on progress throughout the scheme. Updates will also be posted on Facebook/northerngasnetworks and @NGNgas.

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

“We have worked closely with Calderdale Council to plan these essential works, and we apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause customers, as we look to complete them as safely and quickly as possible.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their patience while the project is under way.”

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.