Roadworks to cause traffic problems

TRAFFIC problems are expected as more than 250 metres of gas pipes are replaced on a Cleckheaton main road.

Northern Gas is replacing around 253m of old gas pipes on Bradford Road and Collinson Street with a plastic version which it says will ‘protect the long-term safety and reliability of supplies’.

The work is costing £30,000 and is expected to be finished by the end of August.

A road closure is in place at the junction of Booth Street and Bradford Road, which will remain until work is complete. Traffic is being diverted in Mount Street.

Temporary two-way traffic lights are in operation on Bradford Road. They are manned from 6.30am to 9pm.

Northern Gas Networks apologised for any inconvenience. Area operations manager Mick Hewett said: “We know that no-one likes to be faced with road works but this project is crucial to ensuring that we continue to provide a reliable and safe supply of gas to our customers.

“Once the work is complete, we won’t need to come back for some time.

“The new plastic pipe we are laying is very durable and, if undisturbed, will require little or no maintenance over its expected lifespan of around 80 years.”

Engineers will be on site to speak to customers during the work.