Major work started on 4th April 2022 to install a new section of gas pipeline under A57 Mottram Moor, Tameside.
Update published 4th May 2022
We are now in week 5 of our critical gas works on Mottram Moor and Back Moor, Mottram, and are making good progress.
Our focus in recent weeks has been to install a large pipe across the four-lane carriageway across Mottram Moor.
It’s the only stage of this project that takes us across the whole four lanes and we always knew it would be challenging – both for our team and for you.
Unfortunately, this phase did take longer than planned. This is because our path was blocked by lots of other utilities underground, many of which were encased in concrete. We have had to dig deeper to install our new mains, which took a little extra time than we budgeted for.
This work is now completed and the carriageway returned at this location to just a single-lane closure.
Our team is now focussed on installing the new main up Back Moor, to connect to our existing main on Stalybridge Road.
We recognise the extent of the traffic congestion in this area and we want to improve this as soon as possible for everyone.
We anticipate that this phase of work will take approximately three weeks, barring any unforeseen surprises.
For this phase we will have a team working across the mini roundabout at the top of Back Moor and another team will be moving up Back Moor. They will, at some stage, meet in the middle.
Once we have completed this phase, we hope to completely remove the one-way system on Back Moor and Stalybridge Road.
We will return traffic flow back to the same road layout you were used to before we started our works.
At this stage we hope to be ahead of our programme by around one month.
Cadent would like to thank you for the patience and cooperation you have shown so far. We will provide a further update once we complete this phase.
This project webpage will always have our latest update.
More information on the project
The new main will improve the feed to around 2,500 homes in the Glossop and Hadfield areas, with growth having put a strain on existing gas infrastructure.
It is also needed to meet the requirements from a power generation site, which uses gas to create electricity for the local area.
Teams working for Cadent, which manages the local gas network, will be installing around 1,400 metres of new pipe. That's the equivalent in length to 14 football pitches.
The work area runs from Woolley Lane, onto Mottram Moor, to Back Moor and then into Stalybridge Road, Mottram.
This is major engineering, in a busy area, and will take around 20 weeks. There should be no interruption to gas supply during these works.
We will need to apply some temporary changes to the existing road network. This will help us minimise our time on site, as well as ensure a safe work area and a safe route for vehicles to pass,
This will include one-way closures on Back Moor and Stalybridge Road - effectively turning that area into a one-way gyratory system (see diagram below). The existing traffic lights will be monitored by CCTV camera by Transport for Greater Manchester, with light changes adjusted accordingly to attempt to minimise delays.
Motorists are still advised to expect delays and consider alternative routes, if applicable.
Craig Horrocks, Head of Cadent’s North West Investment Planning Office, said: “Growth in this area has put a significant strain on the gas network. We are now concerned about meeting demand and have a legal duty to resolve that.
“A local power generation site also urgently needs more gas to create electricity for the same area.
“Our team has tried, for several years, to negotiate with multiple private landowners to lay this new pipe through fields. We haven’t been able to reach agreements and the situation is now such that we need to act, by installing it under roads.
“Installing the new pipe also helps future-proof this part of the network, helping to ensure it’s ready to distribute hydrogen when that starts to arrive in the North West soon. Hydrogen is key to securing a net zero energy future.
“This is a busy road and it’s impossible not to have any impact on traffic. We’ve been liaising over many months now with agencies such as National Highways, Transport for Greater Manchester and Tameside Council, to minimise disruption.”
Advance notice signs will be in situ from 28 February and customer teams will be sending out information to properties in the immediate area around the works. Social media posts, as well as visits to schools and local businesses, are also happening.
Contacting Cadent about this project
Customers with questions about this work can contact the team by:
Phone: 0800 090 3071
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 in the North West
Cadent operates four of the UK’s eight gas distribution networks – North West England, West Midlands, Eastern England and North London.
Its North West network stretches from the Lake District to Crewe and is home to 21,000 miles of distribution pipes (most of them underground) and hundreds of above ground installations. If placed end to end, that amount of pipes would stretch from Tameside to Sydney, Australia, and back again.
Around £800m will be invested in the North West’s gas network over the next five years. This will maintain safe, secure supplies to homes, hospitals, schools, offices and other sites, as well as support the UK journey to net zero carbon emissions.
Backed by Cadent and many partners, the North West region is set to lead the way in a major shift from fossil gases to hydrogen. Producing only heat and water at point of use, hydrogen is key to the UK’s net zero future and is set to be introduced at volume in the North West during the 2020s (see www.hynet.co.uk