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Gas main repair delays leave drivers fuming
ESSENTIAL gas mains replacement works in Bury are leaving motorists angry.
The six-week project, being carried out by National Grid engineers on Manchester Road close to the town centre and Gigg Lane, is causing congestion and delays to traffic, particularly during peak hours.
Much of this is due to lane restrictions which have been put in place.
The bulk of the work to replace a 1.3km stretch of 15 inch diameter gas main had been timed to take place during the school summer holidays to ease disruption to roads in the area.
National Grid is carrying out the work in partnership with Balfour Beatty.
It is part of its programme to replace metal gas mains with modern plastic gas pipes designed to last at least 80 years.
Stephen Murray, contract manager, National Grid, said: “People in Bury enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply and our job is to make sure it stays that way. Last year, we spent nearly £3 million renewing 29km of gas mains across the town.
“This year our work is continuing and we’ll be replacing mains on a number of main roads and in residential areas. We’ll do our best to keep traffic flowing and to make sure streets and driveways remain accessible.”
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