Gas mains upgrade in the pipeline for Glazebury


Essential work will replace ageing metal pipes with long-lasting plastic ones

07 Apr 2017

  • 2.4km of Warrington Road, heading north from Hey Shoot Lane
  • Businesses open and access available at all times, but expect delays

Essential work to replace underground, ageing metal gas mains in Glazebury will ensure safe and reliable gas supplies until the end of the century.

The latest phase of a 30-year, country-wide project to replace metal pipes with durable plastic ones is now under way in Warrington Road.

Following careful planning and communications with the local authority (Warrington Borough Council), local businesses and residents, National Grid Gas Distribution’s teams arrived on site this week to start the 2.4km-long pipe replacement.

Working seven days a week, the teams will start from the junction with Hey Shoot Lane and, over the five to six-month duration of the project, will gradually move along the road to the junction of Lowfield Gardens.

Traffic management systems will be in place from Monday (10 April). Access will be available at all times, but drivers should expect delays. In order to optimise flow of traffic in each direction, traffic lights will be operated manually at peak commute times.

Gas supplies in the area should not be affected during these works.

Stephen Murray, head of contract for National Grid Gas Distribution, said: “This is essential work to ensure people can continue to enjoy safe and reliable gas supplies, to heat their properties and cook their meals, for at least another 80 years. We have worked very hard to minimise disruption, by working closely with the council, as well as informing and consulting businesses in the area. It is inevitable and unavoidable that there will be some inconvenience while we carry out this work, for which I can only apologise.”

Homes and businesses along Warrington Road, which include Bents Garden and Home centre, have been informed by letter and, in many cases, face-to-face meetings. When the work reaches the garden centre end of Warrington Road – expected to be around September – the gas company will have a team based at the centre to explain the works. The centre, and all businesses along the route, will be open throughout.

Further information is available from the customer team on 0161 703 1000 / 1010. General information on the gas mains replacement programme is at www.bettergaspipes.co.uk

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National Grid Gas Distribution is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy. We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change. Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency. Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the welsh borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

National Grid Gas Distribution manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999 (All calls are recorded and may be monitored).

National Grid Gas Distribution Ltd is majority owned by a consortium of global investors composed of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (14.5%), CIC Capital (10.5%), Allianz Capital Partners (10.2%), Hermes Investment Management (8.5%), The Qatar Investment Authority, (8.5%), Amber/INPP (4.4%) and Dalmore Capital (4.4%).  National Grid plc retains a 39% stake [following the sale of the majority stake completed in March 2017].


Notes to Editors:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

National Grid in the UK:

  • We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain
  • We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
  • Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as Metering, Grain LNG Import, Interconnectors and Property. National Grid Carbon Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid. It undertakes Carbon Capture Storage related activities on behalf of National Grid.

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