Alnwick town centre set to be disrupted by gasworks

The gasworks inside the Bondgate Tower earlier this year.
The gasworks inside the Bondgate Tower earlier this year.

Major works to replace gas mains in Alnwick will require a road closure in the town centre for three months from early next year.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) will be carrying out work to upgrade ageing mains in Bondgate Within and Narrowgate.

This major project will involve replacing 250 metres of metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project will start outside HSBC on Monday, January 4, 2016, and take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

In order to carry out these works safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to close the road to traffic and suspend all parking for the duration of the project. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and shops and businesses will remain open as usual.

Richie Manuel, construction services area manager for NGN, said: “This work is the final phase of a £330,000 gas mains replacement scheme in Alnwick town centre. The first phase commenced in Bondgate Within in March and was completed in June.

“We have continued to work closely with Northumberland County Council and the Alnwick Chamber of Trade to carefully plan these essential works.

“The work has been scheduled for January as it is the quietest time of year and we will be working seven days a week to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Mr Manuel continued: “We will be holding a community forum at St James’ Church Rooms on Tuesday, December 1, between 5pm and 7pm, where customers can drop in to find out more about the work and raise any concerns.

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause and thank members of the public for their patience and support.”

For further information about the project, contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email
Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call 0800 111 999.