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Selby traffic hit by delays
9:19am Tuesday 17th July 2012 in News
Motorists in Selby were caught in heavy traffic around the Millgate area of the town as electrical work took place.
The work, being carried out by Northern Powergrid, is due to run until Friday, in Millgate, Bondgate and New Millgate.
All three roads were closed to traffic while the work took place, but although Bondgate is expected to reopen today, further traffic problems are expected when work at Millgate, Holme Lane and Water Lane begins.
The work, by North Yorkshire County Council, are set to last until the middle of August, with phased closures of Millgate to allow alterations to the existing kerb line to allow widening of the road.
Meanwhile, motorists in York are facing up to seven weeks of delays and disruption on a major route while old gas mains are upgraded.
Northern Gas Networks is planning to replace 670 metres of cast-iron mains with more durable plastic pipes on a section of Hull Road.
The project, which starts next Monday, will mean a traffic-light controlled contraflow between the Tang Hall Lane junction and the junction with Lamel Street.
“Motorists are advised to add a few minutes to their journey times,” said a spokesman for the gas distributor.
“The work has been timed to coincide with the school holidays, when traffic is lighter. We have been working closely with City of York Council to plan the scheme in a way that will minimise inconvenience for motorists.”
He revealed that two side streets – Norman Street and Cycle Street – were also expected to be closed for up to two weeks.
“The date of these closures will be confirmed nearer the time. Northern Gas Networks has made an arrangement with the local Co-op store in Hull Road for local residents to use the store’s car park, while work is taking place on these side streets.
“In return, Northern Gas Networks has made a £300 donation to Mencap – the Co-op’s national charity for this year.”
He stressed that the work, which would be carried out by engineers from Balfour Beatty, would mean safer, more reliable gas supplies for hundreds of homes and businesses, as the modern plastic pipes would last for decades.
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