Bacup: essential work to upgrade gas network

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Essential work to fit new equipment to a gas main underneath a main road in Bacup, Lancashire, starts on Monday (07 Oct).
Newchurch Road remains OPEN in both directions, but motorists will find traffic lights managing the flow of vehicles around the work area for two weeks.
A spokesman for Cadent, the gas network carrying out this work, said: “This is major engineering work on a medium pressure gas main.
“It’s an essential upgrade to enable us to safely distribute gas that’s relied on by thousands of local homes for their central heating systems and cooking.
“What we’re doing is upgrading a valve on the pipe and we’re doing this at Newchurch Road’s junction with Olive Street.
“We have posted letters to the residents in Olive Street but are keen to let everyone who uses Newchurch Road know about this too.
“When you’re carrying out major work like this, in close proximity to motorists and pedestrians, our absolute priority will always be everyone’s safety.
“So while we know it’s not ideal and frustrating to be sat at traffic lights, we hope people understand why it’s necessary. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.”

Did you know? More than 87 per cent of the 29,058 households in Rossendale use gas for central heating. A safe gas network is essential for keeping these homes warm.

There should be no disruption to gas supplies while this is carried out. If you smell gas, do not dismiss it as related to this work – report it immediately to 0800 111 999*
Cadent maintains the network of 21,000 miles of gas pipes that run under the streets and fields of North West England, distributing gas used in 2.7 million properties to heat homes, cook meals and provide hot water. It also operates the gas emergency service for North West.


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.

Cadent manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999*

Cadent Gas Ltd is owned by a consortium of global investors.

*All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

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