Essential major engineering work takes place this weekend to repair a gas main. It will require the closure of Ashley Road, Hale.
Cadent, which manages the local gas network, has identified a small leak on a 12-inch diameter main that runs underneath the carriageway.
The issue was discovered last week after a public reported smell of gas in the area.
While the readings are low, constantly being checked, and not presenting any immediate danger, the main needs to be accessed and fixed.
Cadent has liaised with Trafford Council on its plan.
Starting at 6am on Saturday, engineering teams and heavy machinery will move in near to the level crossing close to Victoria Road. The road will be closed at this point and diversions signposted. It is hoped to complete by Sunday night.
Traffic lights set up at the Victoria Road junction itself will allow access for residents.
Mark Berry, Head of Customer Operations for Cadent in this area, said: “We’ve worked closely with Trafford Council to agree a plan that fixes this main with as little disruption as possible.
“We’ve done lots of work beside the road, in the background, to give us key information to develop a repair plan. All being well, we hope to be complete and off-site Sunday evening.
“Our priority is keeping everyone safe and making sure we maintain gas supplies to the local area. The plan is to work on this pipe ‘live’, so gas should stay on, with no interruption to supply.”
If anyone smells gas, they must ring the 24-hour 0800 111 999* gas emergency number immediately and not assume it is related to this work. What they are smelling may be completely unconnected and should be checked out to make sure.
Cadent in North West England
Cadent manages more than 21,000 miles of underground gas pipes in North West England. These pipes carry gas to more than 2.7million homes, schools, hospitals, offices and other sites that use gas for heating, hot water and/or cooking. More than 83 per cent of North West homes are heated by gas.
Cadent also provides the region’s 24/7, 365-day gas emergency service.