Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor for the North of England, is carrying out essential work to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in Church Bank, Wallsend.
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 for years to come!
The work will start on Monday 27th September, and is expected to last for 10 weeks. It has been planned in collaboration with North Tyneside Council.
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.
This will begin on the 27th September with two-way traffic lights on Church Bank (A193) starting just before the junction of St Peters Road.
The traffic lights will follow the works eastbound, along to the junction of Ropery Lane.
The lights will then be removed on 10th October and a road closure introduced on Church Bank (A193) will begin on 11th October, between the junction of Ropery Lane and Rosehill Road.
The road closure will be in place for eight weeks due to the location of the gas main, and is there to ensure the safety of NGN engineers and members of the public.
Signs will be displayed for motorists and a full signed diversion put in place.
While the majority of the work will be carried out in the street, engineers may need to access customer properties to complete the project and ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas.
Richie Manuel, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these essential works. However, it is vital we complete them in order to continue to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to the residents of Church Bank, Wallsend.
“NGN is continuing to carry out its essential activities while following strict guidelines for safe distance working, where possible, and following good hygiene practices as we continue to live with coronavirus.
“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.”
While all of NGN’s work has now resumed, extra safety precautions remain in place to keep everyone safe while we continue to live with Covid-19.
Customers can read more about NGN’s 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.