Gas piping in St Annes getting an upgrade

Roadworks are taking place on seven St Annes roads this month as some of Fylde’s oldest gas mains, dating back more than 130 years, are upgraded,

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 4:51 pm

Work by gas distribution company Cadent started this week at St Andrew’s Road South, where three-way traffic lights have been in place, Osborne Road and adjacent Queens Road.

The main St Thomas Road, with four-way traffic lights required while the work goes on, will follow from Wednesday, April 14, along with York Road and Victoria Road, with All Saints Road to complete the set from April 21.

All the roads are within close range of each other, near to Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, and drivers and residents are warned to expected some disruption, especially where traffic control is in place.

The gas pipe replacement work is taking place at seven sites in St Annes this month

Cadent officials say that the programme has been designed to factor in, and seek to avoid clashing with, any major events that may take place once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Craig Horrocks, who heads Cadent’s gas mains upgrade work in the North West, said: “More than 80 per cent of homes in Fylde rely on gas for central heating and it’s our job to make sure they get it, safely and reliably, every minute of every day of the year.

“We’re also excited by the arrival soon of hydrogen to our networks, a zero-carbon gas at point of use, as well as low-carbon biomethane, a gas made from waste.

“Both are essential to the UK reaching its goal to have net zero carbon emissions.

Multi-way traffic lights will be in place on St Thomas Road, St Annes from April 14

“As our older stock reaches the end of its safe working life, we must replace it.

“In most cases we’re able to insert the new pipe into the old one, a technique that reduces the time of each project and means we don’t have to dig as many excavations.

“It also means an end to what often becomes increasingly-frequent visits – with associated disruption – to repair faults on the older metallic mains, as they start to show signs of age.

“We know it’s not ideal, but my team is determined to move as quickly as they safely can and get the work done with as little disruption as possible.”

Gas remains ON throughout the work, although some properties – those which take a direct feed from the pipe being replaced – will lose supply for up to 12 hours, as their building is connected in to the new main.

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