Town in line for major gas mains renewal project

Aerial view of North Walsham. A gas mains renewal project will keep town residents connected to safe

Aerial view of North Walsham. A gas mains renewal project will keep town residents connected to safe and reliable gas supplies until 2100. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

A major project to replace ageing gas mains with tough new pipes in a north Norfolk town is scheduled to get under way in January 2020.

The renewal project will keep people in North Walsham connected to safe and reliable gas supplies until 2100.

People in the town are being encouraged to find out more by visiting a mobile Cadent information centre, parked in Market Place, adjacent to the bandstand, from 8.30am to 4pm on Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13.

Project authorising engineer Dave Nolan said: "The new pipes will be in service until around 2100 helping ensure people continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating, while also reducing the risk of disruption caused by leaks from ageing gas mains."

Work is scheduled to be delivered over a 14-week period between January 6, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

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There will be a brief interruption to the gas supply to properties where old gas service pipes are being replaced.

Work to install new pipes and connect them to the gas supply will take place on the same day, and affected customers will be contacted in advance. Shops and businesses will remain open throughout the project.

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Engineers plan to carry out work at various locations in the town, including on Mundesley Road. Work will take place from the junction with Vicarage Street to the junction with Cromer Road. The road will be closed with no vehicle access and a diversion in place via Vicarage Street.

Work will also be carried out on Market Street from the junction with Cromer Road to the junction with Market Place. This one-way road will have access through to Market Place and the bus stop will be temporarily located to Vicarage Street.

Market Place will be closed from outside number 47 to the junction with Church Road. Access will be provided via Market Street and there will be a designated turning area. Meanwhile, work will take place at Mitre Tavern Yard from the junction of Vicarage Street to the junction of Market Street. Work will also take place in Church Road, Aylsham Road and Cromer Road.

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