Bridging the gap in Huntingdon: Cadent wins prize at Street Works UK Awards for innovative solution to ensure children didn’t miss out on school

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  • Cadent wins Street Works UK Delivering for Customers award for project in Huntingdon
  • Cadent engineers installed a temporary walkway in Huntingdon to help local children get to school while we carried out essential repairs.
  • Essential repairs were carried out to maintain safe and reliable gas supplies in Huntingdon 

Cadent has won an award for an essential project to keep the gas flowing in Huntingdon where engineers installed a temporary walkway to keep a vital school route open.

Cadent won the Delivering for Customers award at this year’s Street Works UK Awards, which were held online on Friday (November 27).
The award-winning project was delivered earlier this year when Cadent engineers were carrying out essential repairs to the local gas distribution network in Huntingdon. To enable the work to be carried out a road closure was needed which unfortunately blocked the usual route to Stukeley Meadows Primary School.
Working in close discussion with Councillor Tom Sanderson, the school and local authority Cadent engineers came up with a solution and installed a temporary walkway over a grass verge ahead of the new school term starting.
The walkway known as “Peter Pathway” made sure pupils could get to the school safely and in full compliance with coronavirus guidelines.
Cadent Network Engineer Karl Shipp Snr said: “We discussed the issue of access to the school with both staff and the local authority and our engineers designed the temporary walkway which enabled the pupils to safely get to school.
“We always look at ways in which we can minimise the impact our work has on the local community and do what we can to mitigate any disruption.”
He added: “We’re delighted to have won the award and would once again like to thank the local community, council and businesses for the patience and understanding they showed during our work.”
Darren Elsom, Direct of Cadent Eastern Network, said: “Our network performs a vital role in ensuring people across the East of England continue to stay connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.
“We always try and do that with as little disruption as possible which includes coming up with innovative solutions to problems as our engineers did in Huntingdon. I’m very proud of the team responsible for project and am delighted they have won this award.”


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