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Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor for the North of England, is carrying out essential gas work on Micklegate and Blossom Street in York city centre, which will require a road closure from Monday August 10.

This is the latest phase of a five-week project, which began on the 27 July, is to replace old metal gas mains on Micklegate with new, more durable plastic pipes.

From 10 August, there will be a road closure at the Micklegate Bar entrance to Micklegate for three weeks. with a diversion in place to allow road users to access the city centre. There will also be temporary two-way traffic lights in operation on Micklegate at the junction with Bar Lane, also in place from 10 August.

To ensure the safety of colleagues, customers and the community, the majority of the work is being carried out in the street, following Government guidelines for safe distance working wherever possible. There are also extra safety measures in place to keep everyone safe and ensure that the work is Covid-19 secure.

Richard White, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We are carrying out this work to ensure residents and businesses in York continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for decades to come.

“We appreciate that no one likes roadworks, but we will be doing everything possible to complete this work as quickly as possible, while maintaining safe working practices. We thank motorists for their patience during the project.”

As well as NGN’s critical service (which include responding to gas emergencies, carrying out emergency repairs and critical maintenance activities) engineers are carrying out work to upgrade critical infrastructure, including planned work to replace ageing metal gas pipes, where most of the work can be carried out safely in the street.

Engineers will only request entry to a customer’s property if it is absolutely necessary in order to ensure their safety, the continuity of a safe gas supply or at a customer’s request. Customers can read more about our Covid Secure Promise at here.

You can find out more about the steps that NGN is taking to keep customers and colleagues safe during the Coronavirus pandemic at

For further information about the work on Micklegate, customers can contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email:

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.