Drivers should expect delays when work to replace ageing gas pipes gets under way in Skelmanthorpe next week.

Gas distributer Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is spending £182,000 replacing old metal pipes with plastic ones at Huddersfield Road.

The work, to be done in three five-week phases, begins on Bank Holiday Monday and will last about 15 weeks.

Which roads will be affected?

  • Phase one: Starts on Monday. Work will begin on Commercial Road at the four-way junction of Windmill Crescent, Highbridge Lane and Busker Lane.
  • Phase two: Starts Monday July 4. Work will take place on Lodge Street, Elm Street and Croft Head.
  • Phase three: Starts Monday, August 8, on Manor Drive and Smithy Lane.

Other streets affected in order of the work are Huddersfield Road, Busker Lane, Chapel Close, Commercial Road, Croft Head, Elm Street Lodge Street, Manor Drive, New Lane, Smithy Close, Smithy Lane and Thorpes Crescent.

Work will begin on Commercial Road at the four-way junction of Windmill Crescent, Highbridge Lane and Busker Lane
Work will begin on Commercial Road at the four-way junction of Windmill Crescent, Highbridge Lane and Busker Lane

Four-way temporary traffic lights will operate on Commercial Road at the junction of Windmill Crescent, Highbridge Lane and Busker Lane for about one week from 30 May. This will then change to two–way traffic signals on Commercial Road for a further five weeks.

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A road closure will be introduced on New Lane at the junction of Commercial Road for two weeks from 13 June, which will change to two-way traffic lights for a further three weeks. Bus services using Commercial Road will follow an alternatve route while the road closure is in place.

The footpath closure will also be in place on the Windmill Crescent side of 180 Commercial Road from 6 June for about two weeks. However, however pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.