BAD weather has led to delays to National Grid’s £3.6m programme of works to renew gas mains in Chester.
The project is part of an £84m package of improvements to the North West’s gas supply network.
The conclusion of the work will make sure that gas continues to be delivered safely and reliably to homes, businesses, shops, offices, schools and hospitals across the city for the next 80 years.
National Grid’s work to replace gas mains on the A51 at Boughton in Chester is taking longer than expected due to both the historic infrastructure along the route and the unseasonable weather conditions.
Where practical, additional teams of engineers are being brought in to work on the job and works are progressing seven days a week.
The company apologises to motorists and residents for ongoing delays on the A51 Boughton/Tarvin Road/ Christleton Road.
A total of 900 metres of metal gas mains is being replaced with modern plastic pipe. The existing gas main is in the centre of the carriageway but rather than close the road to traffic, National Grid is relocating the main using lane closures instead which is keeping traffic moving.
Craig Horrocks of National Grid said: “We would ask motorists to continue to be patient with us. Our engineers are working hard to replace these pipes as quickly as possible. The new mains will have a lifespan of at least 80 years once they are in the ground and so we hope people will bear with us for a few more weeks.”