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 in the Ripon.
Work will be carried out to replace the ageing metal gas pipes with new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe and reliable supply of gas to customers.
The work will start on Monday 1 February 2021 and is expected to last for 25 weeks. It has been planned in collaboration with North Yorkshire 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 work to replace ageing metal gas mains which need to be carried out urgently.
To ensure the safety of colleagues, customers and the community, most 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 engineers can carry out the work safely and efficiently, and to protect the public, some traffic management measures will be put in place. The works will be carried out in phases:
- From Monday 1 February, there will be temporary traffic lights on Studley Road; from Studley Road these will progress towards Clotherholme Road. On Clotherholme Road we will travel towards the Army Camp whilst replacing the gas main on one side on the street;
- Once this phase is completed, the works will then travel back down Clotherholme Road on the opposite side of the street towards Studley Road. The temporary traffic lights will be in place for the full duration of the project, and
- From Monday 8 March until Friday 19 March there will be a road closure on Bishopton at the junction with Studley Road. A signposted diversion will be in place.
Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual while the work is underway, although in accordance with national lockdown guidelines.
Engineers will observe safe distance working and wear PPE at all times.
While most of the work will be carried out in the street, engineers will need to access customer properties to complete the project and ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas.
There are extra safety precautions in place for working inside: NGN engineers will wash their hands or use hand sanitiser thoroughly before entering a property and wear a face mask and gloves; they will maintain a two metre distance and ask the householders to stay in another room while they work. Our engineers may also ask customers if they feel comfortable wearing a face mask themselves during a home visit.
Where customers are self-isolating, have symptoms or are at high clinical risk, engineers will wear full PPE when working indoors, including coveralls and eye protection.
Russell Kaye, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these critical works. However, it is vital we complete them in order to continue to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to the residents of Ripon
“NGN is continuing to carry out its critical activities while following strict Government guidelines for safe distance working and observing health and safety guidance during the current coronavirus outbreak in England.
“We want to assure residents and road users that we will be working hard to complete this essential scheme as safely and as quickly as possible.”
Customers can read more about our Covid Secure Promise here.
For further information about the work please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.