Essential work to keep the gas flowing in Sheffield

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Essential work to help ensure residents, schools, hospitals and businesses in Sheffield can continue to enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply will begin next week (27 June 2022).

Cadent, which manages the local gas distribution network, needs to work on gas pipes that run underneath the Tinsley Viaduct, as part of essential maintenance to keep the energy flowing for thousands of people.

The works are set to run for approximately 11 weeks, with no impact to gas supply.

It will involve traffic management including closure of the A631 northbound (lower deck) carriageway, between the M1 J34(S) roundabout and the M1 J34(N) roundabout. A diversion will be in place with all A631 northbound traffic using the A631 service carriageway during the work. A signposted footpath diversion will also be in place.

Cadent has taken a number of measures to reduce the impact this essential maintenance project will have on the local area including:

  • starting work after the busy Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend
  • working closely with the local highways authority and others to create a traffic management plan in line with the programme of works to limit disruption

“This is vital maintenance that will help protect the gas supply and continue to heat homes, schools, hospitals and businesses for the future,” explained Geoff Radley, who heads up operations and maintenance projects in the region for Cadent.  

“While the road will remain open during the work, the northbound carriageway of the A631 will be closed, with northbound traffic diverted along the service road to ensure it’s safe for our teams to work and for vehicles to pass by. Motorists are advised to expect delays, particularly at peak times, and to consider alternative routes where possible.

“We are very grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding during this essential work.”

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. All calls are recorded and may be monitored. Do not delay or assume it’s related to this work. It may not be and must be checked.


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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