Gas work repair will see three more weeks of holiday roadworks

Roadworks in Hebden Bridge
Roadworks in Hebden Bridge

Drivers through the Calder Valley face more travel disruption as Northern Gas Networks replaces a section of gas main that is in need of urgent repair.

Steps are being taken to minimise traffic disruption whilst essential, planned gas works take place at Bankfoot in Hebden Bridge.

The four-week project started on March 26 2018 and involves upgrading the ageing gas distribution network, replacing existing metal gas pipes with more durable plastic ones.

Temporary traffic lights are in place at the junction of the A646 and Heptonstall Road.

Extra staff are on site communicating the levels of traffic that cannot be seen from the junction, to help the traffic flow.

Signs will be advising drivers to keep the junctions clear between Bridge Gate and West End and between West End and Albert Street in the centre of Hebden Bridge.

Steven Lee, Calderdale Council’s Assistant Director – Strategic Infrastructure, said: “We are working with Northern Gas Networks to help keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible during these essential gas works.

"It was vital that the works started this week as they need to be completed before work begins on the next phase of the Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme, and in time for the Tour de Yorkshire bike race on 6 May.

"We will continue to monitor traffic levels whilst the gas works take place, and will take further steps if necessary.”

The project will last a further three weeks and the traffic management arrangements will be in place throughout.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual during the works.

Chris Nevison, Business Operational Leader for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter, and thank everyone for their support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”