Relief may be in sight for Luddenden Foot’s harassed residents and drivers

The Yorkshire Water roadworks pictured last November
The Yorkshire Water roadworks pictured last November

Relief might finally be in sight for Calder Valley road commuters when the latest Network Gas repairs which have led to traffic hold-ups this week are completed.

For almost a year, major pipe renewal works by both Network Gas and, just before Christmas, Yorkshire Water, at Luddenden Foot had caused exasperation among drivers and residents alike, although the work was necessary, said the companies.

This week lights at a short stretch of Burnley Road running through the village has again caused comment after just a few weeks free of extra lights - but that may be the end in that spot, for a while at least.

Neil Armstrong, Customer Operations Area Manager, Northern Gas Networks explained why the latest roadworks were in place and when work was expected to be finished.

“Engineers from Northern Gas Networks are carrying out essential work to repair a gas main on the A646.

“In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to install temporary traffic lights on the A646 which are being manned between the hours of 7am and 6.30pm.

“The repair work will be completed by the end of this week (January 23), and the reinstatement work will be finished by the end of the following week (January 30).”

“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused and reassure members of the public that we are doing all we can to complete this work as quickly as possible.

“If you smell gas you should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 immediately, your call will be answered at any time of day or night and an engineer will be sent out to assess the situation promptly.”

In terms of Network Gas’s pipe replacement scheme, a spokesperson for the company added: “We have no replacement work planned for the area until 2016.”

Last year’s marathon amount of road works in the village caused much comment from both commuters and residents, one Luddenden Foot villager saying he would rather work had continued into evenings if it meant it could be completed quicker.