Building your energy future: Ageing gas pipes to be replaced in St Albans

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  • Cadent lays future energy foundations for St Albans with essential replacement of ageing gas mains in Hatfield Road
  • Project will help ensure the local community keeps on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies until the 22nd century
  • Work will include an eastbound carriageway closure in Hatfield Road 
    Cadent is helping to build the energy future in St Albans with a project which will help keep residents connected to safe and reliable gas supplies into the 22nd century.
    Engineers plan to replace 800m of ageing gas pipes with tough new gas mains, from Monday 30 March 2020.
    The work will be taking place between the junctions with Lyon Road and Oaklands Avenue in Hatfield Road, and to enable the work to be carried out the eastbound carriageway will be closed between these two junctions.  
    A signed diversion route will be in place as follows: Ashley Road, Drakes Drive, A1081 London Road, A414 North Orbital Road and A1001 Comet Way.
    The new pipes will be inserted into the old gas mains which will reduce the need for large excavations.
    Engineers will do all they can to complete the work as soon as possible. The project is currently scheduled to be completed in late May 2020.
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    Cadent Authorising Engineer Dilbir Chana said: “This project will help keep the local community connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating until the 22nd century.
    “It will also cut future disruption caused by leaks from ageing gas pipes.”
    He added: “Work has been planned in close discussion with the local authorities and carefully designed it to ensure its completed promptly and delivered it with as little disruption as possible.”
If anyone has any questions about the project they call 0800 0965675 for more information.
This work is part of Cadent’s ongoing investment across its network to replace and upgrade old gas mains with safer and more durable modern pipes.


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