Essential reinforcement of the gas network - Oct 2021 to Feb 2022

Lightfoot Lane / Tom Benson Way, Preston

Significant development in this area of Preston has put a huge strain on the existing gas infrastructure. Our pipes, which run underneath roads, carry gas to heat most homes in the local area. Lots of new homes have been built in this area and our recent forecasting and analysis is causing us concern – we are worried that we won’t be able to meet the demand for much longer.  This could result in customers not having the gas they need to heat their homes. We have to act now.

What we are doing:

We need to install over 1,200 metres of new pipes, and associated assets, to ensure pressures and the volume of gas flowing is sufficient to meet demand.
We know this is a very busy road. We have been working with Lancashire County Council’s highways team on a four-phase plan that gets the work done and keep the roads open. Safety of everyone concerned is our first and absolute priority.
Gas will continue to flow during the work. Your supply should not be impacted.
We know this isn’t ideal and appreciate your patience
While essential and necessary to keep people warm in their homes, we know that undertaking major work like this is going to be inconvenient. We hope you understand we are doing everything we can to complete the work as fast but as safely as possible, using techniques (such as drilling under the roundabout) that enables traffic to continue to flow, albeit with traffic lights in place.

What to do if you smell gas
If you ever smell gas, it’s important to act fast and call the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999. Please do not delay, or assume it is related to nearby works. It may not be and needs to be checked. That number is available 24/7, 365 days a year. All calls are recorded and may be monitored.