£77.5 million investment to keep energy flowing in North West

in your area

  • Cadent spending £77.5 million on new gas pipes in the North West
  • 500km of ageing iron gas mains to be renewed across the region
  • Work will keep gas flowing until the end of the century

Cadent, the UK’s biggest gas network, is investing £77.5 million to upgrade 500km of ageing metal gas pipes in the North West region this year (2017/18).

The company, which ensures gas reaches 2.7m homes across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and the southern half of Cumbria, is replacing iron mains with tough hard-wearing plastic that will last at least 80 years and require little or no maintenance.

Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the North West, said: “Our job is to keep the energy flowing to homes and businesses across the region. This is a major investment. It will ensure that local people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies to heat their homes, cook their meals and power their businesses for decades to come.”

The figures announced today are part of a major, nationwide programme to upgrade gas mains, developed in conjunction with gas industry regulator Ofgem and the Health and Safety Executive.

Teams from Cadent and its contractors work closely with local authorities to schedule work to times that minimise inconvenience. Customer teams ensure letters are sent to every property affected by each project before work starts.

Near the start, they also knock door-to-door, to explain the work and learn if people have specific issues to accommodate. If anyone has enquiries about gas mains replacement work in their area they can call the North West customer team on 0161 703 1000 / 1010.

To find out more about how Cadent replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses, see www.bettergaspipes.co.uk.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

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