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Major gas works due to start in Wolverhampton

Major gas works are due to take place in two residential areas of Wolverhampton as part of multi-million pound gas main replacement works.

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Showell Road

Officials are due to start work along Showell Road, in the Low Hill area of the city and along Bradmore Road, Bradmore, in the new year.

Showell Road will be closed in both directions between its junction with Fourth Avenue.

Work there is due to start on January 2 2018 and last until January 29 2018 as the gas mains are replaced.

A diversion route will be in place throughout the works. The diversion for the Low Hill area is Fourth Avenue, First Avenue, Showell Circus, Kempthorne Avenue, Bushbury Lane, Showell Road and vice versa.

In Bradmore, the works will also take four weeks from January 2 2018.

During the first week of January engineers will be working on equipment to manage gas pressure and no traffic management will be needed.

For the following three weeks, there will be temporary traffic lights at the junction of Aspen Way, Merridale Road and Gamesfield Green. To reduce disruption, the traffic lights will be operated manually at morning and evening rush hours.

Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands, said: “This is the final stage of an essential project that will ensure local residents and businesses can continue to enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come.

“It’s part of a £65 million investment to renew 370kms of gas pipes in the West Midlands this year.

“We would like to thank people for bearing with us. We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption.”

The existing metal pipes will be replaced with tough, hard-wearing plastic pipes which will last for at least 80 years.