Work to upgrade an underground gas pipe serving thousands of homes in Birmingham gets under way on Monday (6 August).
- Old metallic main to be replaced with long-lasting plastic pipe
- Work will ensure gas arrives safely and reliably to thousands of customers, for generations
- Part of country-wide programme to improve gas mains infrastructure
Engineers will spend up to four weeks on a job that will ensure gas flows safely through the pipe which runs under the Ladywood area.
An old metallic main, which has reached the end of its working life, will be replaced with a durable plastic pipe that will last for more than 80 years.
The work, in Ladywood Road and Reservoir Road, is during the school summer holidays – when roads are usually quieter – to minimise disruption.
To ensure the safety of road users and the engineers working in the road, vehicles will not be able to turn onto either road from Monument Road (B4124), or enter Monument Road from the same junctions. Traffic will instead follow a short diversion.
This main has been identified for urgent replacement as part of a programme to upgrade existing metallic gas mains across the UK. Gas network Cadent worked in the same area last year and this is now the completion of the same job.
Every year, Cadent invests millions of pounds to improve hundreds of kilometres of mains pipes just like this one, across the West Midlands.
Letters have been sent to homes near to where the work is taking place, explaining that access will be maintained for residents and deliveries.
Steve Murray, who heads Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands, said: “This is essential work to ensure local people safely get the gas they need to keep warm in winter and to cook their meals. We know our work can cause disruption and we work hard with local authorities to keep that to a minimum.”
If residents have any questions, they can approach any representative on site, or ring the customer team on 0161 703 1110