Major upgrade in the pipeline for Ipswich in 2020: £900,000 plan announced to future-proof gas network until 22nd century

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  • £900,000 of gas mains replacement projects announced for Ipswich from early 2020
  • Projects will help ensure local community keeps on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies until the 22nd century
  • Work will involve traffic management including road closures and multi-direction traffic lights 
    Plans have been outlined for £900,000 worth of major gas mains replacement programme in Ipswich from January 2020.
    Cadent is planning five projects in the town to replace ageing gas mains with tough new pipes which should remain in service until around the Year 2100.  The schemes have been designed to ensure the local gas network continues to meet rising demand as more homes are built in the area.
    Work will be taking place in the following roads: Woodbridge Road, Foxhall Road, Rushmere Road, Clapgate Lane and Valley Road.
    Wherever possible the new pipes will be inserted into the old gas mains which will reduce the need for large excavations. However, some of the work will require trenches to be dug due to the size of the gas mains which will need to be installed.
    To enable work to be carried out safely and efficiently a number of road closures and lane closures will also be required, with multi-way traffic lights also needing to be deployed in some locations.
    Ageing gas service pipes supplying individual properties will also need to be replaced. To carry out this work engineers will need to switch off the gas supply to affected properties for approximately 12 hours. Cadent will be writing to those properties involved nearer the time. People are reminded that they should ask to see official identification – which all Cadent employees and contractors carry – before allowing engineers access to their property to carry out work.
    Cadent Authorising Engineer Vince Doggett said: “These projects will help ensure our gas network keeps the local community connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating until the 22nd century.
    “The projects will also cut future disruption caused by leaks from ageing gas pipes.”
    He added: “We’re planning the work in close discussion with the local authorities to ensure we deliver it with as little disruption as possible.
    “We’re carefully designing the projects to ensure we can keep traffic moving as much as possible by minimising road and lane closures wherever we can. We’ll be announcing more details regarding our plans in the near future.”
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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