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 Easingwold, North Yorkshire.
Work is being carried out to replace the ageing metal gas mains with new, more durable plastic pipes, to ensure a safe and reliable supply of gas to customers for many years to come.
The work is due to start on Tuesday 1st June and is expected to last for seven weeks. It has been planned in collaboration with City of York Council. This was a project that was originally planned for January, but which had to be postponed due to the national Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year. The first part of project will re-start next week.
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.
From Tuesday, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the full duration of the project. These will start on Long Street and travel down Raskelf Road, finishing at the junction of Alne Road.
Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual while the work is underway, although in accordance with national lockdown guidelines.
While most of the work will be carried out in the street, engineers will need to access some 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 and 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.
Scott Kitchingman, 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 Easingwold.
“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.”
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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.