Brighouse back to normal after road works complete
Jul 5 2010 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A £50,000 scheme to replace gas pipes has finished on time.
Over the past 12 weeks motorists in Brighouse have been hit by delays due to the works on Huddersfield Road leading into the town centre from Huddersfield.
But workers finished on Saturday afternoon and the roads are back to normal.
Northern Gas Network’ director of communications, John O’Grady, said: “We carry out thousands of gas mains replacement schemes every year across the region and the majority are completed on time – this project is no exception.
“The area’s traders, road-users and residents have remained understanding throughout the work and we would like to thank them for showing us a great deal of patience.
“The good news is that the new gas main has an expected life-span of around 80 years – so we won’t be back to work in this area for some time.”
The £50,000 scheme involved replacing a section of the town’s feeder gas main with modern plastic pipe.
It is part of Northern Gas Networks annual £63m investment programme across the north of England that will see around 16km of old metal gas mains upgraded this year alone in Calderdale at a cost of £ 1.8m.
The multi-million pound package is part of a wider £82m annual investment programme by Northern Gas Networks.
They own all the gas mains in the area and the network consists of 37,000km of gas mains, enough to stretch from Brighouse to Sydney, Australia, and back.
Area operations manager Tony Thompson added: “We know that no-one likes to be faced with roadworks so we always look to minimise disruption wherever possible.
“Our main aim is to get in and out as quickly and safely as possible so that people can start to benefit from having a safer more reliable gas network.”