Major engineering work has started (from Monday, 26 July) to install 500-metres of new underground gas mains, to help safely deliver gas to thousands of homes.
Teams from Cadent, which manages North West England’s 21,000-mile gas distribution network, are now operating in Priory Road, near Ulverston.
The project will resolve historic gas pressure issues customers have experienced locally and ensure the network can meet demand from new housing.
To keep the road open, and as the teams are working in the carriageway with heavy machinery, traffic lights have been set up to manage a safe flow of vehicles.
There should be no interruption to gas supply during the 10-week project. Five hundred metres is the length of almost five football pitches.
This is part of an £800m, five-year North West investment programme to ensure safety and reliability of gas distribution in the region.
Modernising the network like this also helps get it ready for the introduction of hydrogen, which is essential to local and national targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions [hydrogen emits zero carbon at point of use].
Kevin Thompson, Cadent’s Customer Operations Area Manager for Cumbria, said: “This is essential work, to ensure we can meet the 24/7, year-round demand for gas to heat homes and other buildings, as well as for hot water and cooking.
“This is an A-road with 40mph speed limit in places and we simply can’t ensure safety if we don’t introduce traffic management.
"We hope people understand and we appreciate their patience as we get this work done. The good news is that this has long-term benefits for all – short-term disruption that solves a long-standing issue with gas pressures.”
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 the North West 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
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