Can you dig it? Summer holiday revamp in the pipeline for second Nottingham 1960s gas main

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  • Ageing 1960s gas mains being renewed in Nottingham Road, Nottingham
  • Junction closures during the work
  • New pipes will keep local homes and businesses safe and warm for the rest of the century
While Nottingham was giving the world Ibuprofen, home video recorders and Deep Purple the city’s gas network was being transformed. But half a century later, 1960s gas mains in Nottingham Road are showing their age and are up for renewal.

Local gas network Cadent will be upgrading 440 metres of ageing gas mains in Nottingham Road, between Egypt Road and Silverdale Road. Work starts on 30 July and is expected to take approximately eight weeks.

Cadent will be replacing 1960s cast iron gas mains the size of a tractor tyre with tough new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. The new pipes will ensure local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating until the end of the century.

The work is expected to take place mainly in the pavement but staff may have to work partially in the road in some places. Lane closures or other traffic management, such as traffic lights, are not expected to be needed but the situation will be kept under review.

There will need to be junction closures between side roads and Nottingham Road. During phase one (from Egypt Road to Chelmsford Road) Rosetta Road, Zulu Road and Chelmsford Road will closed at their junctions with Nottingham Road.

During phase two (from Chelmsford Road to Silverdale Road) the junction of Isandula Road and Nottingham Road will be closed. Diversion routes will be in place during all the junction closures.

Nottingham Road is one of two major gas mains upgrades happening in the city during the summer holidays. The other project, which starts on 27 July, will see ageing 1960s gas mains upgraded in the A6200 Derby Road, between Faraday Road and Lenton Boulevard.

Cadent Authorising Engineer Paul Martin said: “The existing 1960s gas mains are ageing and need updating so local people can continue to remain safe and warm for decades to come.
“We’ve planned the work for the summer holidays to reduce disruption for residents and motorists and we’ll do our best to complete the work as soon as possible. Once the new pipes are in the ground we won’t need to come back and renew them for 80 years.”
The project is part of a £100 million revamp of ageing gas mains across the East Midlands and East Anglia during 2018-19. Cadent is aiming to replace more than 400kms in East Midlands alone, including nearly 100kms in Nottinghamshire.
If anyone has any enquiries about this work they should contact Cadent’s customer services team on 0800 096 5678. Find out more about how Cadent replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses


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