Derbyshire: urgent works to repair gas leak – A511 Station Road, Hatton

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Update on 26th August

The leak is now fixed. Road should reopen to all traffic by close of play 26 August. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we completed this safety critical work. We expect to return for one-day only (w/c 30 Aug) to complete some additional resurfacing work, but we are hopefully that will not require a road closure.

Original press release from 22nd August

  • Leak identified on gas main that runs under A511 Station Road, Hatton
  • Agreement reached for engineers to begin urgent repair works on Tuesday 23 August
  • Station Road will be closed to through traffic (at Nestle factory entrance) for foreseeable future; diversion route signposted
  • Teams will work on this ‘live’ (gas stays on), with safety as top priority
Teams from local gas network Cadent are working to fix a leak identified on a gas pipe under the A511 (Station Road), Hatton.
They suspect the leak is coming from a joint on a pipeline that runs under the carriageway, near the entrance to Nestle’s factory (junction with Marston Lane).

Everything is under control and being monitored, but this does needs fixing as emergency works.
Cadent has agreed with Derbyshire County Council to begin this work on Tuesday (23 August).
Specialist engineers and heavy machinery will need to occupy both lanes of the carriageway to safely work on this repair.
It is not possible to create a work area that would allow traffic to pass safely.
Station Road will therefore need to be closed, both ways, at the junction with Marston Lane. A diversion will be signposted.
Having discussed options with the factory, the teams will be able to provide safe access onto and off the site, for delivery vehicles and employees.
This pipeline is part of a network that distributes gas to thousands of homes in the local area, for heating, hot water and cooking.
There should be no interruption to gas supply, as the engineers will work on the repair ‘live’ (ie. gas stays on as they do it).
“The leak is under control, but is in a very difficult place for us to access,” said Michael Wheat, Customer Operations Area Manager for Cadent.
“Our priority is keeping everyone safe, but we are also working very hard to limit our work area and minimise disruption.
“We’ll be right outside the Nestle entrance and have agreed a safe means to allow HGVs to get onto and off site.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we carry out this work, and know too that it will cause traffic issues in the local area.
“Once we’ve got down to the pipe and assessed the nature of the leak, we’ll have a much better idea how long this will take.
“At this stage, we expect our work will continue into next week.”

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’s related to this work. It may not be and must be checked.

Cadent – your local gas network

Cadent’s ‘East Midlands’ network covers a wide area that includes Nottinghamshire and large parts of Derbyshire, as well as South Yorkshire.
Beneath this region – under roads, footpaths and fields – are more than 29,000km of gas distribution pipes. These carry gas to 2.4 million homes, hospitals, schools, offices and other sites – for heat, hot water, cooking and industrial uses. If placed end to end, they’d reach Sydney, Australia, and come half-way back again.
Cadent manages this extensive network, as well as similar gas networks for North West England, East Anglia, West Midlands and North London. It is responsible for ensuring these networks are operating safely and reliably, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Cadent will invest more than £3.4bn over the next five years (including more than £1.1bn in the Eastern England area) to maintain this network and get it ready for the arrival soon of greener, lower-carbon gases, such as hydrogen.


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