£84,000 gas work scheme continues

Major roadworks on Scalby Road, between Newby Farm Road and Station Road/Scalby High Street junction.   Pictures by Andrew Higgins  113352a  19/08/11
Major roadworks on Scalby Road, between Newby Farm Road and Station Road/Scalby High Street junction. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113352a 19/08/11

DRIVERS are facing disruption while Northern Gas Networks carry out vital gas works in Scarborough over the next few weeks.

The area’s gas pipeline owner is to replace around 746m of ageing metal pipe with more reliable plastic pipe in Scalby Road and High Street in an £84,000 scheme.

Work got underway this week and is being carried out on behalf of the gas company by its contactor Enterprise.

The scheme is expected to be completed in early October.

In order to carry out the work safely it is necessary to put temporary traffic lights in place at various locations as the project progresses.

Northern Gas Networks area operations manager Mick Hewett said: “We are sorry if this work causes any inconvenience but it’s vital to securing the long-term safety and reliability of gas supplies to Scalby.”

Three-way lights were put in place at the start of this week at the junction of Scalby Road and Scalby Beck Road. These will remain in place for a fortnight.

Following on from this, two-way lights will be installed between the junctions of Scalby Beck Road and High Street, these are expected to be in place for two to three weeks.

Finally, four-way lights will follow on for two to three weeks at the junction of Scalby Road, High Street and Station Road.

Mr Hewett said: “By its very nature, our work carries with it some frustration for road-users, residents and business but we are keen to minimise this and that’s why we are manning the traffic lights round the clock to ensure that the project runs as smoothly as possible.”

Mr Hewett added that the job represents some short-term disruption for long-term benefits.

He said: “The good news is that once this work is complete and this part of town has a modern gas network, engineers will not need to return for some time as the plastic gas mains have an expected lifespan of around 80 years.”