Work has started on a £2m project to divert a major gas main in Leeds city centre.
Commuters in the city have faced lengthy delays on Whitehall Road and Wellington Street as work commenced to divert a gas pipeline in the heart of the city.
Contractors working on behalf of Northern Gas Networks have started the first stages of a one kilometre diversion of gas pipeline that will modernise and reinforce the city’s infrastructure.
The company have pledged to minimise disruption for drivers in the city while the 26 week project is carried out.
Phase one started on Whitehall Road, close to the YEP’s new offices, and is set to continue into Northern Street and Wellington Street.
Temporary traffic management is currently in operation and motorists are being advised to seek alternative routes and avoid the area.
Tim Harwood, Northern Gas Networks’ programme manager, said: “We’ve worked alongside Leeds City Council’s Highways Department to plan a route for the new one kilometre gas main which will minimise disruption within the city centre as much as possible.
“The work will be carried out in a number of phases, seven days a week over a six month period and we will do everything we can to minimise disruption to motorists, residents and local businesses.”
Mr Harwood added: ”We are manually controlling the temporary traffic lights during working hours to make sure that the traffic flows as smoothly as possible both in and out of the city.
“We understand that this is a very busy route and apologise for any disruption our essential work is causing to motorists.”