WORK has begun on the renewal of gas mains in Belton which is expected to take two months to complete.
National Grid, which supplies Britain’s energy system, was due to begin the second phase of its £119,000 investment last week, replacing mains in the Isle village.
The aim is to ensure that both residents and businesses in the area are able to continue enjoying a safe and reliable gas supply.
Engineers are looking to replace approximately 500 metres of old metal gas mains with a new hard-wearing plastic pipeline underneath the High Street.
It is hoped the new mains will last for around 80 years - if left undisturbed.
National Grid hopes the project will be completed by the beginning of March with contractors AMEC carrying out the work.
For the safety of both pedestrians and motorists, a two-way traffic light system has been installed along the High Street between King Edward Street and Jeffrey Lane.
Part of the work will be outside Belton All Saints Primary Church of England School - but this will be done during the February half term week when there is less traffic expected along the route.
Construction engineer Danny Jackson said: “We wish to assure everyone that we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption associated with this work which has been agreed in conjunction with the local authority.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused but these are essential works which are required to ensure the people in the area continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for cooking and heating.”
Gas supplies will only be affected when the gas supply is being transferred from the old gas pipe to the new one.
Supplies will only be disrupted during that day and residents and businesses who are affected will be contacted by our customer services team before work starts in their area.
The project is part of an investment of over £2 billion a year in National Grid’s gas and electricity networks throughout the UK.
This is the second time in the last 12 months that Belton has been the focus of major renewal works following improvements to the water network in 2011.
There was disruption for several months when Yorksire Water invested £4.1 million into new infrastructure to help improve the supply to 9,000 properties in and around the village.
HGV drivers are advised to comply with the traffic light system installed for the latest round of improvements, particulary with new weight restrictions on nearby Westgate Road set to be enforced for a trial six month period from February (see page one).
• Gas engineers may need access to properties but residents are advised to always ask to see official identification before allowing anyone into their home or place of business.
For more information or if in doubt about the identity of an engineer call National Grid on 0845 6000320.
Alternatively logon to www.nationalgrid.com