- New gas pipe to be installed in Rugby Road, Burbage, near Hinckley
- Temporary traffic lights and junction closures to keep the public safe
- New pipe will keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area
A gas pipe in Rugby Road, Burbage, will undergo an upgrade this summer to keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the town.
Hinckley-based gas distributor Cadent will install more than 600 metres of new, larger gas pipe in Rugby Road, between the Three Pots Roundabout and the Sketchley Lane Roundabout, to meet the demand for gas.
Work is due to start on 6 July and take 12 weeks. It will be carried out in three phases:
Phase one will start on 6 July and is due to take three weeks. Engineers will be installing the new pipe from the Three Pots Roundabout to the Sketchley Lane Roundabout. To keep colleagues and road-users safe, the work will be carried out under temporary traffic lights which will head north as the work progresses.
Phase two is due to start on 27 July for four weeks. The junction of Rugby Road and Sketchley Road will be closed. For access to Sketchley Road, there will be a diversion via Coventry Road and Pyeharps Road.
Phase three will start on 24 August for five weeks. The new pipe will be installed from Coventry Road to the Three Pots Roundabout. During this phase there will be lane closures and narrow lanes along this stretch of road but traffic will still be able to flow in both directions.
Craig Horrocks, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in Hinckley and the West Midlands, said: “With 84% of residents in the Hinckley and Burbage area relying on gas to heat their homes, it’s important that we keep investing in our pipe network so we can supply enough gas to keep people warm and power their businesses. To keep colleagues and motorists safe we will need traffic management and we would ask people to bear with us as we complete this work.”
The UK Government has classed work undertaken by energy networks like Cadent as essential during the Covid-19 outbreak, as they are ensuring a safe and reliable gas supply.
The safety of customers and colleagues is Cadent’s top priority. This work will not require colleagues to enter anyone’s homes. Engineers work to the latest government guidance and are taking extra safety precautions as required
If anyone has any questions about this work, they should contact the customer service team on 0161 703 1010 / 1110.
Did you know? Hinckley has had a gas supply since 1834, when the first gas works was built by the Hinckley Gas Light and Coke Company on a site in Coventry Road, now occupied by Cadent. Originally gas was used for lighting streets and homes. Later, as now, it was used for heating, cooking and hot water.