Parking ban for 20 weeks

DRIVERS will be restricted from parking in one of Whitley Bay’s busiest roads for the next five months while maintenance work is carried out by Northern Gas Networks.

Work is well under way on a £250,000 upgrade of the town’s gas supply network and is expected to take around 20 weeks to complete.

Old metal gas pipes in Whitley Road are being replaced by modern plastic ones.

The latest phase of the upgrade programme will see work carried out along the footpath from outside the Casa Bellissimo Italian restaurant to Whitley Bay Christian Fellowship, and no parking will be allowed along that stretch of road while work is taking place.

The temporary traffic lights currently in place will move from the junction of Marden Crescent up towards the fellowship next week.

Northern Gas Networks customer liaison officer Jacqueline Gibson said: “Some of the businesses in Whitley Road only open at night- time and while we are writing to each of them, you can’t beat personal contact.

“We will need access to these premises during the day, so if the owners can’t get to our weekly drop-in session every Wednesday from 10am to noon in Grafton Road, they can ring me on 07825 539157.”

The company’s network director, Martin Alderson, added: “This is a major gas main renewal project and will ensure that the safety and reliability of the gas network in Whitley Bay is greatly improved.

“We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption.

“This year, Northern Gas Networks will invest £63m in renewing gas mains to ensure that our system remains one of the safest in the world.

“Our new plastic pipes are more durable and flexible and have a lifespan of at least 80 years.”