Watch out for five months of travel disruption between Shortstown and Cotton End starting next week

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Cadent Gas (repairs)
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Five months of work to replace gas pipes on the A600 High Road between Shortstown and Cotton End will begin on Monday (10 June) as engineers from Cadent begin work that they say will secure safe and reliable gas supplies for decades to come.

1200m of tough new pipes will be installed along the route to “future-proof” the network, which means two-way temporary traffic lights will be put in place to control the flow of traffic between the two villages.

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Project Supervisor, Aaron Viles, said: “We have a responsibility to make sure every property that uses gas has access to it 24/7, 365 days a year and these essential works will mean that we continue to deliver on that promise.

“We know it’s far from ideal to have any sort of traffic management in place in what is a busy area, but we have worked hard with the local authorities to create a plan that keeps traffic flowing and maintains access for local businesses and residents.

“We are very conscious of the disruption roadworks cause and are in regular contact with the Highways Authority to keep them updated on our work which we will always complete as quickly and as safely as we can.”

Cadent has also warned people not to assume any smells of gas are related to the work and to ring the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999, day or night, if they smell gas.

“If you smell gas, do not assume it is related to this work; it may not be and needs to be checked,” said a spokesperson for the UK’s largest gas distribution network.