“Major” engineering work to close Ashley Road in Hale village this weekend after gas leak discovered

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Ashley Road in Hale village will be closed this weekend in order for a gas main to be repaired after a small leak was discovered.

The “major” engineering work will be carried out on a 12-inch main that runs underneath the carriageway.

The issue was discovered last week after a member of the public reported the smell of gas in the area.

Cadent, which manages the local gas network, said that while the readings are low and are “constantly” being checked and do not present any immediate danger, the main needs to be accessed and fixed.

Starting at 6am on Saturday, engineering teams and heavy machinery will move in near to the level crossing close to Victoria Road. The road will be closed at this point and diversions signposted. It is hoped to complete the work by Sunday night.

Traffic lights set up at the Victoria Road junction itself will allow access for residents.

Cadent, which manages more than 21,000 miles of underground gas pipes in the North West, will be carrying out the repair work

Mark Berry, Head of Customer Operations for Cadent in this area, said: “We’ve worked closely with Trafford Council to agree a plan that fixes this main with as little disruption as possible.

“We’ve done lots of work beside the road, in the background, to give us key information to develop a repair plan. All being well, we hope to be complete and off-site Sunday evening.

“Our priority is keeping everyone safe and making sure we maintain gas supplies to the local area. The plan is to work on this pipe ‘live’, so gas should stay on, with no interruption to supply.”

If anyone smells gas, they must ring the 24-hour 0800 111 999 gas emergency number immediately and not assume it is related to this work. What they are smelling may be completely unconnected and should be checked out to make sure.

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