ROAD-USERS in the Falsgrave area of Scarborough face further disruption as work is set to begin to upgrade a short section of gas main.
The area’s gas pipeline owner Northern Gas Networks needs to replace around 110m of pipe in Falsgrave Road between its junctions with St John’s Road and Acworth Street in order to ensure the safety and reliability of gas supplies to the area.
Work is due to start tomorrow and is expected to be completed shortly before Christmas.
Area operations manager Tony Thompson said: “This project has been planned very carefully and it is our priority to carry out the work as quickly and safely as possible with minimum disruption.
“This year, Northern Gas Networks is investing £63 million to renew gas mains and ensure that the north’s gas supply system remains one of the safest in the world.
“We use modern technology wherever possible to cut the number of excavations we make. In addition, the new pipes we are putting in are more durable and flexible with an expected lifespan of around 80 years.”
The project has been carefully planned with North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for co-ordinating all street works in Scarborough.
It will be carried out by engineers from Morgan Sindall on behalf of Northern Gas Networks.
In order to carry out the work safely four-way temporary traffic lights will be installed at the junction of Seamer Road and Falsgrave Road while engineers are working on the junction itself.
Last year gas works were completed on a different section of Falsgrave Road which had caused traffic jams for months.
Engineers had been working to replace 600 metres of ageing metal piping with a modern plastic alternative.
The work to replace the gas main, which caused tailbacks and closed off parking spaces outside many independently owned shops, frustrated many business owners and motorists.
It followed separate roadworks that summer, when a water main burst causing gas supplies to be cut off to some residents and businesses for up to a week.