Busy Hartlepool roads in for months of disruption due to 'vital' gas main upgrade

Motorists are facing several weeks of disruption as essential gasworks are carried out on a number of busy Hartlepool roads.

Sunday, 4th July 2021, 11:13 am

Temporary traffic lights will be put in place at different points on Wooler Road, Serpentine Road, and Hart Lane over the next three and a half months in the scheme to modernise the gas mains by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) .

Work is due to start on Monday, July 5, and continue for 14-15 weeks.

The first phase of the project will see three-way temporary traffic lights on Wooler Road and Serpentine Road between the junctions of Greenbank Court and North Drive.

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Signs warning of advanced gas works in Hart Lane. Picture by FRANK REID

As work progresses, the three-way lights will move to Tunstall Grove and Serpentine Gardens.

Steve Pigott, business operations lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these critical works.

"However, it is vital we complete them in order to continue to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to the residents of Hartlepool."

Work will then move to Serpentine Gardens where there will be a lane closure at the junction with Serpentine Road, as well as three-way traffic lights.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place during the work on Wooler Road.

Teams will carry out the next two phases at the junction of Serpentine Road and Hart Lane under four-way temporary traffic lights, which will be manned at peak times to aid the flow of traffic.

The final phase will see work carried out at the junction of Granville Avenue and Hart Lane under three-way traffic lights.

It involves replacing old metal gas mains with new and more durable plastic pipes.

Northern Gas Networks says the majority of the work will be carried out in the street although engineers will need to access some customer’s properties at times.

Engineers will also work according to Covid guidelines.

Mr Pigott added: “NGN is continuing to carry out its critical activities while following strict Government guidelines for safe distance working and observing health and safety guidance during the current coronavirus outbreak in England.

“We want to assure residents and road users that we will be working hard to complete this essential scheme as safely and as quickly as possible.”

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