Engineers prepare to start £120k project to replace two kilometres of old gas mains

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Engineers are preparing to start work on a new £120k project to upgrade old gas mains in Leeds.

Work to replace the ageing gas mains in Temple Park Green, carried out by Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will start on January 4.

The major project will involve replacing more than two kilometres of existing metal gas mains with new durable plastic pipes to ensure safety and reliability of supplies for residents.

It will take around 11 weeks to complete and NGN said the work has been planned in partnership with Leeds City Council to minimise disruption.

Russ Oxley, construction services area manager for NGN, said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption caused.

“To ensure that we complete the work as soon as possible our engineers will be working Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public for their patience and support.”

The project has been planned in phases and work will start at Templegate Avenue before progressing to New Templegate, Templegate Rise, Temple Park Close, Temple Park Green and finally Temple Lea.

A road closure will be in place in Templegate Avenue at the junction with New Templegate from January 25 until February 5.

A diversion route has been organised during the closure and a temporary bus stop will be in place in Templegate Avenue.

NGN said pedestrians will still be able to access the roads throughout the work.

The project is expected to be completed by March 16.

Anyone who smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should contact the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111999.