Five months work ahead for gas main replacement in Handbridge


Staff reporter (Chester First)

WORK to replace gas mains in a Chester suburb will be carried out over the next five months.

National Grid engineers are to carry out the essential repairs in the Meadows Lane area of Handbridge, Chester.

Five kilometres of gas mains will be replaced, with work in the main areas of Meadows Lane, Lache Hall Crescent and Lache Park Avenue.

Roads affected by the work include: Meadows Lane, Bottom Lane, Cross Hey, Appleyards Lane, Prenton Place, Beeston View, Allington Place, Hartington Street, Andrew Crescent, Queens Park Road (starting at junction of St John’s Road), Queens Drive, Edinburgh Way, Charles Crescent, Lache Hall Crescent, Lache Park Avenue, Marlston Avenue, Dover Road and Rydal Grove.

Work will start on Tuesday, April 1, and is expected to be complete by the end of August.

Traffic management will be in place during the works, including the closure of the Bottom Lane junction of Edinburgh Way with diversion routes clearly signposted.

National Grid is carrying out the work in partnership with Balfour Beatty. It is part of an ongoing programme to replace metal gas mains with modern plastic gas pipes designed to last at least 80 years.

Stephen Murray, contract manager for the National Grid, said: “People across Cheshire enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply and our job is to make sure it stays that way. The new mains we are laying will last at least 80 years so while there will be some traffic delays in the short term, the long term benefit will be mains which will last for many decades to come.

“We’ll be replacing mains on a number of main roads and in residential areas. We promised we’ll let people know when we’re about to start work. We’ll get the job done as quickly and as tidily as possible. We’ll do our best to keep traffic flowing and to make sure streets and driveways remain accessible.

“If people want to know more about our work and how it will affect them, they can get in touch with us on 0161 703 1000 or 1010.”

A video showing what people can expect to see during the operation to renew gas mains in their street can be viewed on Google or YouTube by entering National Grid Gas Mains Replacement (UK) in the search box.

National Grid plans to renew about 430km of gas mains in the north-west in the next 12 months. This is part of £22 billion programme of investment in the company’s energy networks in the UK and US over a five year period.

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