Next phase of Middlewich gas works to begin on January 14 and will last until March

THE next phase of gas works in Middlewich begins in the New Year and will involve road and footpath closures.

National Grid has announced plans to start work on replacing 526m of gas pipes in the town on Monday, January 14.

The disruption will affect St Michael’s Way, Leadsmithy Street, Lewin Street and Kinderton Street with engineers expected to complete the project by the end of March.

A spokesman for National Grid said: “A number of traffic management measures will need to be put in place to reduce disruption while work is being carried out.

“These will include road, lane and footpath closures but every effort will be made to keep traffic moving.”

Jeff Webb, project engineer, added: “The work includes a stretch where we need to show a great deal of sensitivity close to St Michael’s Church and we are working with an archaeologist on this particular area.”

National Grid has pledged to spend £22billion in its energy networks in the UK and US over a five year period.

In the north west alone, the utility giant will be renewing 554km of old metal gas mains with plastic pipework with a lifespan of 80 years.

National Grid has worked with Cheshire East Council to plan the schedule of work.

Clr Rod Menlove, cabinet member for environment, said: “We would urge motorists and pedestrians to bear with us while the traffic management measures are in place.

“We are working closely with our partners National Grid to ensure that there is no unnecessary disruption to traffic flow and that the works are completed efficiently and on time.”

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3:31pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Middlewichresident says...

'We would urge motorists and pedestrians to bear with us while the traffic management measures are in place'. Ok what if we don't want to bear with you,do we have a choice? Can we throw a hissy fit about yet more roadworks making the already nightmare of a journey through Middlewich worse.....I am sick of roadworks and sick of the disruption they cause.
'We would urge motorists and pedestrians to bear with us while the traffic management measures are in place'. Ok what if we don't want to bear with you,do we have a choice? Can we throw a hissy fit about yet more roadworks making the already nightmare of a journey through Middlewich worse.....I am sick of roadworks and sick of the disruption they cause. Middlewichresident

6:02pm Sat 5 Jan 13

alemild says...

Cllr Menlove "We are working closely with our partners National Grid"

Let me remind you, you are representing the residents of this town, the people who pay your wage and the gold plated pensions of your council's employees. The roads here belong to us and not the National Grid. They are not your or our 'partners' as you put it. They are responsible only to their own shareholders and have no interest in the disruption they will cause to the residents of Middlewich when they disappear home at 4pm each day and all weekend. I want you to remind them of that fact and make them fully aware that failure to minimise the disruption will be met with something that will find very interesting - a colossal fine for every minute they overrun.

Stop fantasising that you and National Grid are bosom buddies and wake up to the facts about whose interest you are here to represent.
Cllr Menlove "We are working closely with our partners National Grid" Let me remind you, you are representing the residents of this town, the people who pay your wage and the gold plated pensions of your council's employees. The roads here belong to us and not the National Grid. They are not your or our 'partners' as you put it. They are responsible only to their own shareholders and have no interest in the disruption they will cause to the residents of Middlewich when they disappear home at 4pm each day and all weekend. I want you to remind them of that fact and make them fully aware that failure to minimise the disruption will be met with something that will find very interesting - a colossal fine for every minute they overrun. Stop fantasising that you and National Grid are bosom buddies and wake up to the facts about whose interest you are here to represent. alemild

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