Gas engineers have closed a busy road junction in Wolverhampton today (26 August) to enable them to safely carry out urgent repairs to a pipe that runs underneath the carriageway.
Cadent, which manages thousands of miles of gas pipes that run under the Black Country, has found gas is escaping in small amounts from a pipe about one metre below Rookery Road.
Although the escape – at the junction of Birmingham New Road – is small in volume, and well below levels to require action such as evacuation, it has to be fixed before it gets any worse.
Yesterday, the team moved in under a one-way closure. But after a series of ‘near misses’ – motorists and pedestrians ignoring warning signs – a full closure is now needed.
There is no access from or to Rookery Road, at the junction with Birmingham New Road.
Craig Hansbury, Customer Area Operations Manager for the Black Country, said: “We know this isn’t ideal, but hope people understand it’s essential work and a full closure is needed to keep everyone safe as we complete the work.
“At this stage, we anticipate the repair will take a couple of days to complete and then we’ll get the road reinstated to good order and ready to reopen. Please follow the diversion signs in the meantime. We really appreciate everyone’s patience.”
There should be no impact to local gas supplies.
Cadent in the West Midlands
Cadent manages the entire 15,000 miles of underground gas pipes and hundreds of above ground stations that form the West Midlands gas network. It also provides the 24/7, year-round gas emergency service for the same region.
More than 80% of Wolverhampton’s 102,000 households are heated by gas.