Gas mains upgrade in the pipeline for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter


Work is underway on a gas mains revamp in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses for decades to come.

17 Mar 2017

National Grid is replacing iron gas mains in Newhall Street and Fleet Street  with a tough new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. Work began last Wednesday (8 March) and is due to take seven weeks.

The first phase of work will take place in Newhall Street and is due to take three weeks. During the second phase of work in Fleet Street, Fleet Street will need to be narrowed and parking spaces will be suspended. 

Stephen Murray, Head of Contract for National Grid, said: “National Grid plays an essential role in keeping people warm and industry running. We are investing in new gas pipes that will secure safe and reliable gas supplies for local homes and businesses until the end of the century.

“To keep our staff and road-users safe, we will need to suspend parking spaces in Fleet Street. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but it is important that we replace this pipe. Once the new plastic pipe is in the ground it will last for decades and require little or no maintenance.”

For any enquiries about this work people should contact National Grid’s customer services team on 0161 703 1000.

To find out more about National Grid‘s gas mains replacement work go to www.bettergaspipes.co.uk.

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Regional press officer - Midlands (West Mids & East Mids)
Sara Wilcox
sara.wilcox@nationalgrid.com
+44 (0)7899 983792
+44 (0)1926 655271

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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
  • Our gas distribution business delivers gas to 10.9 million homes and businesses
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
  • National Grid manages the National Gas Emergency Service free phone line on behalf of the industry - 0800 111 999 (all calls are recorded and may be monitored).
  • 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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