Motorists have been given a much-needed reason to be cheerful by the team behind a project that has caused major traffic disruption in the centre of Leeds.
Work on the £2m scheme to divert a kilometre-long stretch of gas pipeline got under way at the start of this month on Whitehall Road and Wellington Street.
Now bosses at Northern Gas Networks have revealed changes to their schedule that they hope will make life easier for drivers while the six-month project is carried out.
Starting from today, (Feb 18) they are aiming to avoid doing any work on Wellington Street on Mondays, regarded as the busiest day of the week in that area.
Northern Gas Networks is also planning to use quieter weekend periods as much as possible while excavating the outbound lane across the entrance to the car park at 7, Whitehall Road.
The news isn’t all good for city centre drivers, however.
From today, 24-hour traffic restrictions will be put in place on Whitehall Road, with three-way lights in operation at its Northern Street junction.
The lights will sometimes be manned at peak periods to try to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Northern Gas Networks has also pledged that access to the car parks on Whitehall Road will be maintained at all times during the week.
The company’s programme manager, Tim Harwood, said: “We really appreciate the cooperation and understanding that motorists and the general public have shown to us. We know that this is a very busy route and apologise for any disruption our essential work is causing.”
He went on: “We would ask commuters to allow extra time for their journeys or seek alternative routes in the city centre.”
Northern Gas Networks says the diversion scheme will “modernise and reinforce” the city’s supply infrastructure.
For further information on the project, visit the www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk website. The firm’s customer care team can also be contacted by calling 0845 634 0508 then choosing option seven.