Nottingham: replacing a gas pipe under one of the city centre’s busiest roads

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  • Cadent is working with Nottingham City Council to complete ‘two jobs in one’
  • Large diameter gas pipe reaches end of its safe operating life after 50 years
  • Upgrade helps get the gas network ready for low-carbon hydrogen
Major works are under way to replace a gas pipe that runs under one of Nottingham city centre’s busiest roads.
After 50 years carrying gas under London Road to help heat thousands of local homes and other buildings, the pipe needs replacing to ensure safety.
Cadent, which manages the East Midlands’ local gas network, is working with Nottingham City Council to complete this at the same time as its scheme to create exciting new (and link existing) cycle routes to and through the city.
“Working collaboratively in this way means two important jobs are completed in one set of roadworks,” said Richard Sansom, Director of Cadent’s East Midlands network, “which means least impact on commuters and our customers.”
This weekend (15th / 16th October), engineers from Cadent need to work under the pedestrian crossing in the middle of London Road, opposite the entrance to Station Street. All roads will remain open, in all directions, with a reduction in the number of lanes open to traffic. This may lead to a build-up of traffic in the local area.

There should be no interruption to gas supply during this or any other phase of the works.
The old metallic main – commissioned in 1972 – is being replaced with a tough plastic pipe. Upgrading the network in this way helps get the network ready for the arrival soon of low-carbon hydrogen, as well as biomethane, which are seen as essential to local and national plans to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions.

If you smell gas

If you smell gas during this work, nearby or anywhere, always ring the national gas emergency service immediately, day or night, on 0800 111 999*. Do not delay, or assume it’s related to this work. It may not be and must be checked.

Cadent – your local gas network

Cadent’s ‘East Midlands’ network covers a wide area that includes Nottinghamshire and large parts of Derbyshire, as well as South Yorkshire.
Beneath this region – under roads, footpaths and fields – are more than 29,000km of gas distribution pipes. These carry gas to 2.4 million homes, hospitals, schools, offices and other sites – for heat, hot water, cooking and industrial uses. If placed end to end, they’d reach Sydney, Australia, and come half-way back again.
Cadent manages this extensive network, as well as gas networks for North West England, East Anglia, West Midlands and North London. It is responsible for ensuring the network is operating safely and reliably, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Cadent will invest more than £3.4bn over the next five years (including more than £1.1bn in the Eastern England area) to maintain this network and get it ready for the arrival soon of greener, lower-carbon gases, such as hydrogen.


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.

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