A multi-million pound project to upgrade and future-proof Winsford’s old gas mains has begun in the town.
Cadent, which manages the North West’s gas mains, is investing £3.5m to transform its network in the town, some of which dates back to the 1940s, ensuring long-term, safe, reliable supplies.
More than 87 per cent of Winsford’s 13,000 homes use gas for central heating.
According to Cadent these underground pipes are reaching the end of their safe working lives and have been identified for replacement as part of a UK-wide programme.
Work got under way in Winsford during the summer and is taking place in small pockets, with teams moving street to street, and estate to estate, over the course of about a year.
The completed job will see 27,000 metres of pipes upgraded (for comparison, that’s the distance between Winsford and Macclesfield).
“This is vital work, future-proofing our gas mains so customers in Winsford can receive safe and reliable supplies, for heating their homes and cooking meals,” said Richard Cook, Construction Services North West Manager, Cadent.
“It’s taken months of planning, and ongoing close collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, to agree the best time to carry out each stage and how best to safely manage pedestrians and traffic passing our work areas.
“Safety is always our top priority, and I really want to thank people for their patience and understanding as we complete this essential upgrade.”
The North West of England is the focus of big plans to use hydrogen (which emits zero-carbon at point of use) to help heat homes, and Cheshire is already home to several sites which produce bio-gases from waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Transforming the local network ensures Winsford can safely take delivery of these gases.
As well as the gas mains in the road, the smaller ‘service’ pipes (the pipe which carries gas from the bigger main into a home) will be upgraded.
This will require that home’s gas supply to be switched off temporarily. Advance notice will be provided, and the gas supply will be restored on the same day it goes off.
Cadent is warning residents that if they smell gas, to not dismiss it as connected to this work; and report it immediately to the national gas emergency number - 0800 111 999.
A dedicated team is in place to support customers in Winsford and answer queries during the upgrade work. They can be reached on 0345 450 8490.
A full list of streets where work will take place is at www.cadentgas.com/winsford