Gas works in Stafford town centre to see road closed

Gas network operator Cadent says that Tenterbanks in Stafford is to shut for four weeks from today for mains works.

The ageing gas mains running under Tenterbanks in Stafford are set for an overhaul that will keep homes warm and fuel businesses into the next century the company has said.

The project will run from the traffic island with Victoria Road towards Tenterbanks Car Park.

The existing iron mains will be replaced with tough new plastic pipes that will last for at least 80 years.

To keep drivers and contractors safe while the work is underway, this section of Tenterbanks will be closed to traffic.

A diversion route will be in place via Tenterbanks, Broad Street, Earl Street, Mill Street and Bridge Street.

Access to Tenterbanks Car Park is not affected and motorists can use this as normal.

Drivers are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

Craig Horrocks, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, said: “With 78% of Stafford residents relying on gas to heat their homes and many businesses using the fuel, it’s important that we keep investing in our pipe network so people stay warm and safe for many decades to come and we keep our economy going.

“To reduce inconvenience to the traffic network, we are carrying out this work during the school summer holidays.

"We appreciate people’s patience as we carry out this essential work.

“The safety of the public and colleagues is at the heart of what we do. 

"Engineers work to the latest government guidance on Covid-19 and are taking extra safety precautions as required.”

The project follows recent work to upgrade gas pipes outside Stafford Station and is part of a £65 million package of investment in the West Midlands gas network this year.

Cadent says that if anyone has any questions about this work, they should contact their customer service team on 0161 703 1010 / 1110.

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