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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 now while getting the network ready to transport alternative greener fuels in the future.

The work will start on Wednesday 3rd January and is expected to last for up to 8 weeks. It has been planned in collaboration with Westmorland and Furness 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 during the works.

Phase 1 will include road closures, these will be present along Middlegate, Brunswick Road and Corney Street from Wednesday 3rd January for 2 weeks. Westmorland and Furness Council have asked us to incorporate parking bay suspensions along Portland Place which is along the diversion route.

Phase 2 of the works will include two road closures on Devonshire Street and Market Square from Monday 22nd January for 2 weeks.

The final phase of the work commences on King Street where there will also be a road closure from Monday 5th February for 3 weeks.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times throughout the works. NGN will share any updates if this were to change.

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 will need to access customer properties and businesses to complete the project and ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas.

Dan Hind, Operations Manager 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 Penrith”.

“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.”

For further information about the work please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

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.