Upgrade for ageing gas pipe in Stoke Bruerne

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  • Ageing gas main in Rookery Lane, Stoke Bruerne, to be replaced
  • Temporary traffic lights on A508 and Rookery Lane road closure to keep colleagues and road-users safe
  • Project will replace pipe with a leakage history

Northamptonshire gas distributor Cadent will be starting essential work on 26 May to renew an ageing gas main in Rookery Lane, Stoke Bruerne, near Towcester.

The seven-week project will see engineers replace an iron gas main with tough, hard-wearing plastic pipes that will last until at least the end of the century.

The medium pressure pipe has undergone a series of repairs in recent years, causing disruption for drivers. This work will prevent any similar problems in the future.

To carry out the work safely, the following traffic management measures will be needed:

  • There will be temporary traffic lights on the A508 Northampton Road, at the junction of Rookery Lane and Ashton Lane
  • Rookery Lane will be closed from the junction of the A508 to Stoke Bruerne Cricket Club. A signed diversion route will be in place.

The safety and well-being of customers and colleagues is Cadent’s number one priority. This work will not require engineers to enter anyone’s homes and colleagues will observe social distancing from the public.

Darren Elsom, Director of East Network, said: “People rely on us to keep the gas flowing to their homes, businesses and vital public services.

“This pipe is nearing the end of its life and the time has come to replace it. Once the new pipe is in the ground, people will be able to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies to heat their homes and cook their meals for decades to come.

“Having discussed this carefully with the local authority, we felt it would be sensible to start this work while Covid-19 restrictions were in place and traffic was lighter to minimise disruption to drivers and the local community.

“We would like to thank people for their patience while the work is carried out. Every effort will be made to complete this project as soon as possible.”

If anyone has any questions about this work, they should contact the customer service team on 0800 151 2404.


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