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    Marple, Stockport: no red flag for Tour of Britain as gas works paused

    31 August 2023

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    Cadent has confirmed today it will pause its ongoing works on Brabyns Brow, Marple, which is part of the route for the Tour of Britain cycle race.

    Engineers have worked through the Bank Holiday weekend to locate the source of a leak.

    The teams are working in the carriageway, near to Arkwright Road, and only one lane of the road is open. Temporary lights are managing the flow of vehicles.

    This year’s Tour of Britain starts this Sunday (3rd September) with a 163.6km stage from Altrincham to Manchester. The route includes this stretch of road.

    After consulting Stockport Council, Cadent has agreed to temporary ‘backfill’ the excavations it has dug in the road and move off from tonight (Thursday) for the weekend.

    Gas readings will be monitored all weekend. Subject to no deterioration, the teams will resume their work to locate and fix the issue early next week.

    “We have several pipes that run beneath Brabyns Brow and locating leaks on them – as and when they arise – is always challenging,” said Trevor Lubbock, Customer Operations Area Manager, Cadent.

    “These pipes are essential for keeping gas flowing to thousands of homes and our job is fix them without interrupting that supply, where possible.

    “As requested by the council, I am content we can safely keep this current leak under a monitoring programme over this weekend, to avoid disrupting the Tour of Britain race.

    “Assuming the readings do not worsen in the interim, my teams will return early next week to continue this work to locate and fix the leak.”

    📍Brabyns Brow #Stockport

    🛠️Repairs to gas pipe paused for weekend

    🚴‍♂️Route clear for @TourofBritain stage 1

    👷‍♂️ Engineers will closely monitor and resume work next week

    👉More info https://t.co/2RTutR5fly@StockportMBC@OfficialTfGM pic.twitter.com/hZGIdrP74n

    — Cadent (@CadentGasLtd) August 31, 2023

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