WORK has started on the latest phase of a £600,000 project to upgrade Whitley Bay’s gas supply network.
Northern Gas Networks is carrying out essential gas mains work along a 600m stretch of Whitley Road, from the junction of Marden Crescent to the junction of Victoria Terrace and North Parade.
The current work, part of a scheme to replace a total of 1.7km of old metal gas pipes with modern plastic ones, is budgeted at £250,000 and is expected to take 20 weeks to complete.
The Leeds-based gas company has apologised for any inconvenience experienced by residents and traders while the works are carried out.
A customer liaison officer will visit the works regularly to discuss any problems with residents and traders.
In addition, any residents or businesses wishing to raise issues are invited to attend weekly drop-in sessions to be held every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm at a mobile cabin in Whitley Road.
While the work is in progress, parking restrictions and traffic management will be in place.
Network director Martin Alderson said: “This is a major gas main renewal project and will ensure the safety and reliability of the gas network in Whitley Bay for years to come.
“We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption.
“This year, Northern Gas Networks will invest £63m renewing gas mains to ensure that our system remains one of the safest in the world.
“The good news is that our new plastic pipes are more durable and flexible and have a lifespan of at least 80 years.”