- Gas mains renewal work in Longton starts tomorrow
- Old metal mains to be replaced with modern plastic pipe
- Work will ensure a safe and reliable gas supply for the future
National Grid is starting work replacing a worn-out section of gas pipe on Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke. So that work can be carried out safely and in the shortest possible time, National Grid will need to introduce traffic management systems.
This essential work starts tomorrow (23 July) and is expected to last for several weeks. The work is taking place on Uttoxeter Road between the junctions of Barker Street and Meirhay Road. During this time, the junctions of Barker Street and Sandgate Street will be closed except for access. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time for any additional congestion.
National Grid has been in contact with Longton Fire Station to update them and will make sure that the work causes them as little inconvenience as possible.
The metal mains have now reached the end of their working life and need to be renewed. They will be replaced with new hard-wearing plastic pipe which, once in the ground will last for several generations and will need little or no maintenance meaning any future disruption from roadworks will be greatly reduced.
Steve Murray, National Grid’s head of network said: ““There is never a good time to dig up the roads especially on busy routes and I realise this work is likely to cause some disruption. But, I ask residents and motorists to bear with us while we carry out this essential work which is needed to make sure residents and traders in the area will continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.”
During the work, residents and traders wanting more information can call the customer helpline on 0114 232 8095. To find out more about how National Grid replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses go to www.bettergaspipes.co.uk.
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