Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor for the North of England, is carrying out critical work to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers near Easterly Road in Leeds.
The ageing metal pipework is now being replaced by new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe and reliable supply of gas to customers.
The work will start at 8am on Saturday 13 February 2021 and is expected to last for approximately one week. Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual while the work is carried out. It has been planned in collaboration with Leeds City Council.
Due to the current national lockdown, NGN is prioritising work in line with government guidance, carrying out safety-critical services including responding to gas emergencies, emergency repairs and maintenance as well as planned replacement works which need to be carried out urgently.
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.
So that the work can be carried out safely and efficiently, and to protect members of the public, some traffic management measures will be necessary.
A road closure will be in place on Easterly Road from the junction of Harehills Lane leading to Leeds city centre. During this time, one lane of Easterly Road will stay open for dedicated traffic turning right only onto Harehills Lane towards Chapel Allerton. There will still be vehicle access for customers living on the affected area of Easterly Road.
A clear signposted diversion will be in place during the works, so that motorists can use an alternative route. Bus routes have also been changed to accommodate this diversion and it is expected that there will be some delays to bus services during works taking place on Easterly Road. All bus companies have been notified of the works and will be kept informed throughout. Bus passengers should check https://www.wymetro.com/ for the latest updates.
Brad Metcalf, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We have worked closely with Leeds City Council to plan these essential works and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, however it is vital we complete them in order to continue to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to homes and businesses in Leeds.
“NGN is continuing to carry out essential services whilst observing strict Government guidelines for safe distance working and following health and safety guidance during the Coronavirus outbreak.
“We want to assure members of the public and road users that we will be working hard to complete this scheme as safely and as quickly as possible.”
You can find out more about the steps that NGN is taking to keep customers and colleagues safe during the Coronavirus outbreak at www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk
For further information about the work please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: email@example.com.
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.