Mains attraction: gas pipe upgrade underway in Alexandra Road, Tipton

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  • Ageing gas mains being replaced in Tipton
  • Road closure in Alexandra Road and temporary traffic lights
  • Work will keep local people safe and warm until the end of the century
 Work is under way on a major gas mains upgrade in Tipton that will keep local people warm and safe for decades to come.

Local gas network Cadent is replacing ageing metal gas mains in Alexandra Road with tough new plastic pipes that will last until the end of the century. Work started this week and is expected to take nine weeks.

To keep people safe while the work is underway road closures and temporary traffic lights are needed. The project is being carried out in two phases:

During phase one, Alexandra Road is closed from the junction of Thursfield Road to the junction of Spring Street. Temporary traffic lights are in Thursfield Road and Alexandra Road. This phase is due to last four weeks.

A diversion route is in place for HGVs via Lower Church Lane, Horseley Heath, Park Lane West, and B4517 Owen Street. Alexandra Road is very busy at peak times. Drivers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys or seek an alternative route where appropriate.

During phase two, Alexandra Road will be closed from the junction of Spring Street to the junction of Watery Lane. There will be temporary traffic lights in Spring Street and Alexandra Road.

Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands, said: “We are investing in new gas pipes so local people can stay safe and warm until the end of the century.

“We need to use temporary traffic lights and  road closures to keep everyone safe while we do the work. Alexandra Road is busy route and we do appreciate the patience of motorists and local residents while we complete this essential work.”

If anyone has any enquiries about this work they should contact Cadent’s customer services team on 0161 703 1000To find out more about how Cadent replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses go to


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