- Cadent, Western Power Distribution and Nottingham City Council are liaising to co-ordinate essential gas and electricity upgrades in Canal Street and minimise disruption to motorists.
- Electricity upgrades start on 2 March, followed by Cadent’s works on 9 March for eight weeks
- Lane closures will be in place but two-way traffic will be maintained
- Project will keep gas flowing into the next century
Local gas network Cadent is liaising with Western Power Distribution and Nottingham City Council to carry out essential gas and electricity upgrades in Nottingham’s Canal Street, starting next month.
Following a £250,000 undertaking last summer to replace an ageing pipe between the London Road roundabout and Trent Street, local gas network Cadent will be completing the final stage of the work, replacing the pipes between Castle Boulevard and Carrington Street.
Cadent is co-ordinating its works in the area with Western Power Distribution to minimise disruption to motorists. On 2 March Western Power Distribution will start electricity upgrades. These will be followed by Cadent’s works, which will start on 9 March for eight weeks.
The existing iron main – the size of a car tyre - will be replaced with tough new plastic pipes that will keep gas flowing to the city’s homes and businesses until the 22nd
century. Teams will be working to complete the works as quickly as possible.
To keep motorists and staff safe during the work, the following traffic management will be in place:
- There will be lane closures on the outbound side of Canal Street (affecting traffic heading out of the city), between Castle Boulevard and Carrington Street, but two-way traffic will be maintained;
- As the work progresses, traffic from Castle Boulevard heading up Maid Marian Way or into the NCP Car Park at the bottom of Maid Marian Way will be diverted via Greyfriar Gate;
- Access to the A6008 Maid Marian Way and Collin Street will be maintained at all times.
Darren Elsom, Director of Cadent’s East Network, said: “With more than 77% of homes in Nottingham relying on gas to keep warm it’s vital we continue our ongoing programme to modernise the city’s pipe network. We greatly appreciate the patience of city residents, businesses and road-users. We are working closely with Nottingham City Council to minimise disruption to the local community and once the new pipes are in the ground we won’t need to renew them for 80 years.”
Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Local Transport, said: “While Highways England continue their work on the A52 Clifton Bridge, we have agreed we will allow essential works like these in Canal Street to take place around the city. Now that we know it could be the end of the year before Highways England concludes its bridge repairs, we have no alternative but to allow other works to take place in around the city, in ways that cause the least possible traffic disruption.
“Western Power and Cadent have been very understanding of the impact the A52 works are having on the city and have agreed to shorten their programmes to help us manage these challenges, for which we are very grateful.
“We will continually monitor these works and any potential disruption they cause through our Traffic Control Centre, making interventions as necessary, and continue to work with partners at Nottinghamshire Police and the County Council to deal with the impact of Highways England’s works. We completely understand how disruptive the works have been and we’ll do all we can to keep Nottingham moving while these and other works are underway.”
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Mr Elsom added: “This will be the third major investment we’ve made in Nottingham in a year. We’ve now replaced more than 80% of Nottingham’s ageing gas mains and this project is part of a £115 million investment we’re making in the gas networks in the East Midlands and East Anglia this year.”