- 17-week gas mains renewal project in Worcester Street
- Work will keep gas flowing to businesses and homes until the end of the century
- Project is part of a £65 million investment in the West Midlands gas network this year
Major works to keep gas flowing until the end of the century to homes and businesses in Wolverhampton’s Worcester Street are due to start next Thursday (27 July).
Local gas network Cadent will be replacing ageing iron mains with tough, new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. The work is expected to take 17 weeks.
The project is part of an ongoing programme to future-proof Wolverhampton’s gas network until the end of the century. Cadent is planning to install 11kms of new gas mains this year alone.
Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands region, said: “Our job is to connect people to the energy they use. We’re upgrading these gas pipes so local people can continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.
“We will do our best to minimise any inconvenience caused by our works. While there may be short-term disruption, the work will bring-long benefits to people living and working in Worcester Street.
“We would urge people to bear with us while we carry out this essential project.”
The project will be split into three phases, starting at the junction of Worcester Street and Cleveland Street. It will progress down Worcester Street to the Penn Road Island.
To keep staff and road-users safe the following lane closures and junction closures will be needed:
- Lane closure at the junction of Cleveland Street and Victoria Street
- No vehicle access into Cleveland Passage from Cleveland Street
- Access to Victoria Street will be maintained but bus lane/stops will be temporarily suspended
- Lane closure in Worcester Street
- Worcester Street will be closed between Pitt Street and Temple Street. To minimise disruption this work will take place during a weekend.
- During the final phase there will be a lane closure on Worcester Street, between Little Brickkiln Street and the Penn Road Island.
- The junction of Little Brickkiln Street and Worcester Street will be closed to traffic
This project is part of Cadent’s £65 million programme to renew 370kms of gas pipes in the West Midlands this year, ensuring gas supplies continue to reach 2 million homes and businesses in the region.
All Cadent engineers carry official identity cards, which people should ask to see before allowing them on their property. To verify an engineer’s identity or for any enquiries about the project people should contact Cadent customer services team on 0161 703 1000.
To find out more about Cadent‘s gas mains replacement work go to www.bettergaspipes.co.uk