- Gas network Cadent invests £3.5m to upgrade Winsford’s old metallic mains, some of which have been transporting gas since the 1940s
- 27,000 metres of underground pipes will be replaced over 12 months, future-proofing the local network to safely carry gas to heat homes
- This is major engineering work in residential areas; safety is the top priority and a dedicated customer team is on hand to help
Work to upgrade and future-proof Winsford’s old gas mains, some of which have helped heat thousands of homes since the 1940s, has started.
Cadent, which manages the North West’s gas mains, is investing £3.5m to transform its network in the town, ensuring long-term, safe, reliable supplies.
More than 87 per cent of Winsford’s 13,000 homes use gas for central heating.
These underground pipes are reaching the end of their safe working lives and have been identified for replacement as part of a UK-wide programme.
Work got under way in Winsford during the summer and is taking place in small pockets, with teams moving street to street, and estate to estate, over the course of about a year. The completed job will see 27,000 metres of pipes upgraded (for comparison, that’s the distance between Winsford and Macclesfield).
“This is vital work, future-proofing our gas mains so customers in Winsford can receive safe and reliable supplies, for heating their homes and cooking meals,” said Richard Cook, Construction Services North West Manager, Cadent.
“It’s taken months of planning, and ongoing close collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, to agree the best time to carry out each stage and how best to safely manage pedestrians and traffic passing our work areas.
“Safety is always our top priority, and I really want to thank people for their patience and understanding as we complete this essential upgrade.”
Did you know? North West England is the focus of big plans to use hydrogen (which emits zero-carbon at point of use) to help heat homes, and Cheshire is already home to several sites which produce bio-gases from waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Transforming the local network ensures Winsford can safely take delivery of these gases.
A dedicated team is in place to support customers in Winsford and answer queries during the upgrade work. They can be reached on 0345 450 8490.
As well as the gas mains in the road, the smaller ‘service’ pipes (the pipe which carries gas from the bigger main into a home) will be upgraded. This will require that home’s gas supply to be switched off temporarily. Advance notice will be provided, and the gas supply will be restored on the same day it goes off.
If you smell gas, do not dismiss it as connected to this work. Report it immediately to the national gas emergency number 0800 111 999*.
Cadent is a gas distribution network, responsible for safely transporting gas to more than 11 million customers in North West England, the Midlands, East of England and North London, through more than 80,000 miles of pipes. It also provides the 24/7, year-round gas emergency service to the same regions.
These are the streets where we'll be working (remember - not all at once, but street-by-street). Advance notice will be given to residents.
FW CROSSFIELD AVENUE TO TOWNFIELD GARDENS
FOOTPATH OFF BRADBURY ROAD
FW SIDE OF 57 DEE WAY TO 30 DART WALK
FOOTPATH OFF DART WALK
FW SIDE OF 1-15 AVON WALK
FW FROM ESK ROAD TO BRADBURY ROAD
FW FRONTING 20-2 ESK ROAD
FW FRONTING 12-24 AVON WALK
FW REAR OF 2-14 GOWY WALK
FW REAR OF 117-127 ESK ROAD
FW REAR OF 46-52 BRADBURY ROAD
FW REAR OF 137-143 ESK ROAD
FW FRONTING 2-18 SEVERN WALK
FW FRONTING 24-34 DEE WAY
FW FRONTING 36-54 DEE WAY
FW FRONTING 17-27 AVON WALK
FW FRONTING 36-20 ALT WALK
FW FRONTING 1-81 DEE WAY
FW FRONTING 1-13 TAMAR WALK
FW REAR OF 158-162 BRADBURY ROAD
FW FRONTING 19-1 ALT WALK
FW REAR OF 16-15 DEE SQUARE
NUN HOUSE DRIVE
NUN HOUSE CLOSE
FW FRONTING 1-11 BLYTHE PLACE
FOOTPATH SIDE OF 4 CAISTER WAY TO LIMIT
FOOTPATH SIDE OF 4 CORFE WAY TO LIMIT
FW CHEPSTOW CLOSE TO DENBIGH DRIVE
FW LLANDOVERY CLOSE TO SIDE HOUSE NO29 LAUNCESTON CLOSE
FW SNOWDONIA WAY TO DENBIGH DRIVE
FW ALAMEIN DRIVE TO CHURCHILL PARKWAY
CROSSFIELD ROAD ROUNDABOUT
FW CHERRY CRESCENT TO CHERRY CRESCENT
FW SYCAMORE AVENUE TO SYCAMORE AVENUE
FW LAUREL BANK TO QUEENSWAY
FW DENE DRIVE HOUSE NOS38 TO 48
FW REAR OF 23-29 BRADBURY ROAD
FW SIDE OF NO39 BRADBURY ROAD
FOOTPATH FRONT OF 63 BRADBURY ROAD TO SIDE OF 35 WHARTON GAR
FOOTPATH OFF WHARTON GARDENS
FW SIDE OF NO1 TO REAR NO99 WHARTON GARDENS
SERVICE AREA ESK ROAD
FW FRONTING 121-157 BRADBURY ROAD
FOOTPATH FRONTING 18 TO 2 ALT WALK
FW REAR OF 54-62 BRADBURY ROAD
FW REAR OF 135 TO 129 ESK ROAD
FW REAR OF 103-115 ESK ROAD
FW FRONTING 1-19 SEVERN WAY
FW BETWEEN 34-36 DEE WAY
FW FRONTING 83-111 DEE WAY
FW FRONTING 28-2 DART WALK
FW REAR OF 101-87 ESK ROAD
FW REAR OF 85-75 ESK ROAD
FW REAR OF 65-59 ESK ROAD
FW REAR OF 14-2 BRADBURY ROAD
FW OFF THE LOONT
FW OFF WALMER PLACE
FW OFF WINGFIELD PLACE
FW OFF WARWICK PLACE
ST JOHNS DRIVE
FW ALEXANDRA WALK
FW WESTMINSTER GROVE HOUSE NO3 TO HOUSE NO 17
BEXTON AVENUE SERVICE AREA
NIXON DRIVE SERVICE AREA
SERVICE AREA OFF ABBOTTS WAY
SERVICE AREA BASFORD WAY
FOOTWAY 89 ASTON AVENUE TO KINGSLEY WALK
FW PICTON DRIVE TO ABBOTTS WAY
FW ASTON AVENUE HOUSE NO44 TO HOUSE NO14
FW OFF ASTON AVENUE
FOOTPATH FRONTING 111 TO 37 ABBOTTS WAY
FOOTPATH FRONTING 147 TO 157 NIXON DRIVE
FW NIXON DRIVE HOUSE NO143 TO HOUSE NO139
FW ABBOTTS WAY SIDE HOUSE NO32 TOASTON AVENUE
FW KINGSLEY WALK TO ASTON AVENUE HOUSE NO46
FW KINGSLEY WALK HOUSE NO53 TO ASTON AVENUE HOUSE NO54
FOOTPATH OFF DOVER DRIVE
FW SIDE OF 1-13 BRADBURY ROAD
FW FRONTING 15-23 BRADBURY ROAD
FW REAR OF 31-37 BRADBURY ROAD
FW FRONTING 31-39 BRADBURY ROAD
FW OFF CAVENDISH CLOSE
FW SIDE HOUSE NO 4 ARKWRIGHT CLOSE TO ST JOHNS DRIVE
FW STEPHENSON WALK TO ARKWRIGHT CLOSE