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    Liverpool: Queens Drive gas mains upgrade

    9 July 2024

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    • Work started last week (Wednesday 3 July) and will last for around 10 weeks
    • Part of £80m programme to upgrade ageing gas mains in North West England
    • Engineers working 3-metres below ground to replace an old metallic gas pipe
    • Phased approach means only one-lane of Queens Drive occupied at a time

    Work to ‘retire’ and replace a gas pipe under one of Liverpool’s busiest roads is under way.

    Cadent has decided to call time on an ageing distribution pipe that runs deep under four lanes of Queens Drive.

    The frequency of repairs required on the ageing asset, and the unplanned disruption that this causes every time, has made it one of the high priority jobs in an £80m investment plan for the year, announced by Cadent in April.

    Working with Liverpool City Council highways teams, Cadent has planned this major work to begin now and last for around 10 weeks.

    Although the work on Queens Drive will involve impacting four lanes of traffic, there should only be one lane out of action at any one time.

    This first phase of work should last around four weeks and be complete before the new football season begins. The work then moves to Townsend Avenue.

    Mark Syers, head of Cadent’s Investment Planning Office, North West, said: “Maintenance and repairs on this section of the network – and inevitable disruption to local community – has become far too frequent.

    “Our repair teams have been called out many times in recent years, some of which been the result of gas leaking from joints in the ageing pipeline. Every time, that means unplanned roadworks and disruption to motorists and residents.

    “We have a responsibility to make sure every property that uses gas has access to a safe and reliable supply, 24/7, 365 days a year. We’ve worked closely with Liverpool City Council to agree a week-by-week plan of work.

    “We will be off Queens Drive in time for the start of the football season.

    “We are very conscious of the disruption works like this cause and we are aiming to keep traffic flowing.”

    Will my gas supply be interrupted?

    Gas stays ON for the duration of work. There should be no interruption to supply.

    Contacting Cadent about this project

    Customers with questions about this work can contact the team by:
    Phone: 0800 090 3071
    Email: [email protected]
    Online: https://cadentgas.com/contact-us/contact-form-nw

    If you smell gas

    If you smell gas during this work, nearby or anywhere, always ring the national gas emergency service immediately, day or night, on 0800 111 999*. Do not delay, or assume it is related to this work. It may not be and must be checked.

    *All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

    Cadent in the North West

    Cadent employs around 1,200 people in the North West. It is responsible for maintaining and upgrading more than 21,000 miles of (mostly) underground gas distribution pipes and providing a 24/7, 365-days-a-year gas emergency service.


    Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy. We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change. Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency. Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing.

    Future of Gas:

    Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

    Cadent manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999*

    Cadent Gas Ltd is owned by a consortium of global investors.

    *All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

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