Work to repair a gas main in Stockton Heath
is “progressing well” engineers said today.
Teams from gas network Cadent will be working through the Bank Holiday weekend.
The emergency gas team was first called after water was found in gas pipes in Birchdale Road.
There is a water leak also in the area.
During work to fix the gas issues, investigations revealed urgent work was needed on an underground cast iron main in adjacent London Road.
Three-way traffic lights were set up this week to manage the safe flow of vehicles around the work area. These are manned 7am to 7pm, to achieve optimum flow.
No gas supplies are affected and there should no interruption going forward.
If anyone smells gas, has lost supply or is experiencing low pressures, call the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999, immediately. Please don’t assume it’s related to this work - it may not be and needs to be checked.
“We hope people understand this is essential work to keep the local gas network operating safely and reliably,” said Mark Syers, Head of Customer Experience - North West, Cadent.
“We appreciate this is a busy area and no one likes sitting in traffic lights. Our teams will be working on this through the bank holiday weekend. We’re progressing well on what is a challenging repair job. Our priority is doing everything safely, and causing as little disruption as we can while doing so.”
Cadent in the North West
Cadent’s North West network stretches from the Lake District to Crewe and is home to 21,000 miles of distribution pipes (most of them underground). If placed end-to-end, that amount of pipes would stretch from Warrington to Sydney, Australia, and back again.
More than 83 per cent of North West households are heated by gas.
The region was among the first to adopt the use of gas over 200 years ago and is about to lead the way again in a shift away from fossil gas to hydrogen.
Producing only heat and water at point of use, hydrogen is key to the UK’s net zero future and is set to be introduced at volume in the North West during the 2020s, through a Cadent-backed project, HyNet North West