Penrith gas works road closure alert

Date: Tuesday 16th April 2019

THE north of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is carrying out essential works to upgrade the gas distribution network in and around Penrith.

The £247,000 project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in Penrith and involves replacing more than 500 metres of existing metal gas pipes with more durable plastic ones. The company says this will ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The works have been carefully planned in conjunction with Eden District Council and TTRO East.

For the works to be carried out as safely and efficiently as possible, some temporary traffic management measures will be implemented.

From Monday until mid-June there will be a temporary traffic light system in place on Beacon Edge. Access to and from the cemetery will be kept open at all times.

There will be road closures at Beacon Street, Fell Lane and Brent Road at a later stage during the project, and a signed diversion route will be in place for motorists at this time.

NGN will provide specific dates for the road closures as the project progresses. It is expected these works will cause some delays to journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel while the temporary traffic signals and road closures are in place.

NGN’s customer care officers have been visiting local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the project’s latest phase, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place.

Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website, Twitter < “We have been working closely with Eden District Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We’d 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.”

Anyone who smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111999. This line is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.