A FIVE-WEEK project to upgrade a gas main in Foreshore Road is expected to start at the end of the month.
It is part of a series of upgrades for the gas network in Scarborough by Northern Gas Networks at a total cost of £417,000.
Motorists are already bracing themselves for major disruption on the town’s roads after it was revealed yesterday that contractors would be in Falsgrave Road just a year after work was previously carried out there.
Tony Thompson, from Northern Gas Networks, said: “These projects are part of our annual £63 million investment programme, designed to ensure that towns like Scarborough across the north of England can continue to benefit from a safe and secure supply of gas.
“The work we need to complete in Scarborough this year has been carefully planned around not only the tourist season but also the council’s major road resurfacing scheme.
“No-one likes to be faced with road works but the gas upgrades are essential and represent a period of short-term pain for long-term gain.
“The good news is that once we’ve completed this work we won’t need to return for some time as the new pipes have an expected lifespan of up to 80 years.”
As well as Foreshore Road work will also be carried out at:
l Vernon Grove where work is already underway and should be completed by Christmas
l Falsgrave Road where work is due to begin today and be completed by Christmas
l Westborough where 260m of gas mains needs to be replaced – more details should be released once they have been finalised
l Castle Road, between the junctions with Dean Road and Tollergate, and is expected to start in early December and take four weeks to complete.
In total, 3.7km of ageing metal pipe will be replaced with durable plastic versions.