- 450 metres of ageing metallic gas mains will be replaced in Bolton Street
- Essential work to ensure safe and reliable gas supply, for heating and cooking
- Work scheduled for summer holidays, to minimise unavoidable disruption
Essential work to ensure gas safely reaches thousands of homes in Ramsbottom, for cooking and heating, is due to start on Monday (23 July).
Local gas network Cadent needs to upgrade the ageing metallic mains pipe that sits under Bolton Street by replacing it with a modern, durable plastic pipe.
The eight-week project will take place in school summer holidays to minimise inevitable disruption caused by teams needing to work in the road.
Steve Murray, who heads Cadent’s mains replacement programme in the North West, said: “Customers who live in Ramsbottom will know we’ve had to fix a number of small leaks on this metallic pipe in recent years. These are clear signs this pipe is simply reaching the end of its life, so we need to get in there and replace it.
“This will ensure a safe and reliable supply of gas until at least the end of the century, to cook meals and keep people warm in winter months.”
Around 450 metres of pipe will be replaced, starting at Bolton Street’s junction with Dundee Lane, up to Lever Street. To ensure the safety of workers and motorists navigating this busy work area, the planning team has worked with Bury Council’s highways team to agree the following temporary traffic arrangements:
- Four-way traffic lights will control traffic using the junction of Dundee Lane, Bolton Street and Nuttall Lane
- Traffic moving along Bolton Street will be controlled by two-way traffic lights
- Access from and to Kay Brow will not be possible for approximately two weeks towards the end of the project (once the work reaches here)
This work is part of a programme to upgrade metallic gas mains across the UK
A technique will be used that will keep gas flowing throughout the work.
A number of service pipes – the smaller pipe which takes gas directly from the main to each property – will also be replaced. This will mean a temporary disruption to each property’s supply as the next connection is made. Advance notice will be given and supplies will be back on the same day they go off.
Customer teams from Balfour Beatty, the contractor carrying out this work for Cadent, have gone door-to-door to discuss the scheme with residents on Bolton Street and can be contacted on 0161 703 1110 if anyone has further questions.