FROM Monday, July 23, the North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will be upgrading the ageing gas distribution network in North Bailey, Durham.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure and will involve replacing more than 30m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes. This will ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The two-week project has been carefully planned in conjunction with Durham County Council to minimise the impact caused. Due to the nature of the works, the following traffic management will be in place. Phase one of the works will take place at the junction of Dun Cow Lane for approximately one-week. During this time a road closure will be implemented from 8.45am until 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Phase two of the works will take place within the grounds of Hatfield College with no traffic management in place whileworks are carried out.

Michael Pratt, site manager for NGN said: “We have been working closely with Durham County Council to carefully plan these works in order to minimise any disruption to customers. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project, telephone 0800-040-7766 or email

Anyone who smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call 0800-111-999.