Gas pipe re­place­ment work is un­der way

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

WORK to up­grade the town’s Vic­to­rian-era gas pipes has be­gun.

En­gi­neers from Cadent started their work on Satur­day to re­new 120 me­tres of pipe un­der Hal­i­fax Road.

Cadent will be re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing cast iron pipe with a mod­ern, durable plas­tic al­ter­na­tive, which will keep gas flow­ing lo­cally for many gen­er­a­tions.

They say that there should be no dis­rup­tion to nearby gas sup­plies for the planned 20-day works.

As the pipe is di­rectly un­der the road sur­face, traf­fic lights will man­age the flow of ve­hi­cles around the work area.

Craig Hor­rocks, who leads Cadent’s gas mains re­place­ment pro­gramme in the North West, said: “Dat­ing to 1900, this pipe is show­ing the signs of its age and we need to re­place it.”

Let­ters have been sent to ev­ery prop­erty along the work area – from near Red Lane to near Clay­ton Street – to ex­plain what’s hap­pen­ing and why.

Craig added: “We know our work will cause lo­cal traf­fic dis­rup­tion, but hope peo­ple un­der­stand this is es­sen­tial work to main­tain a safe and re­li­able sup­ply well into the fu­ture.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s pa­tience as we com­plete this work.”

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