Cumbria gas pipe replacement project

There are thousands of miles of gas distribution pipes under Cumbria, transporting the energy needed to heat three-quarters of the county's homes.

These pipes also carry gas to hospitals, schools, offices and many other buildings, as well as industrial sites.

The network is managed in the south of the county by Cadent (mainly Barrow, South Lakeland and parts of Copeland) and in the north of the county by Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

Some of the pipes are reaching the end of their operating lives. Records show some are more than 100 years old. They need to be replaced so they can continue to be used safely.

Cumbria County Council is working closely with Cadent and NGN to programme these essential works, with  minimum disruption for local residents. 

Where possible, all works are scheduled to avoid clashes with other planned projects and highway schemes, such as road surfacing works.

The replacement of these pipes ensures gas will continue to flow safely for many years to come. More than 70% of Cumbria's homes have gas central heating.

With clean gases such as hydrogen now confirmed as an essential part of the energy mix for the UK, and new pipes much less likely to release methane into the atmosphere, the programme is helping us reach local and national targets to achieve 'net zero' carbon emissions.

Read more about gas and the move to more sustainable net zero options.

This project is part of a 30 year upgrade plan, which began in 2000/2001, to gas mains that are within 30 metres of buildings. 

Among the bigger projects in the programme in Cumbria in 2021-22 are:

  • Durranhill Road, Carlisle (1.3km) - NGN 
  • Bransty Road, Whitehaven (1.4km) - NGN 
  • Dunmail Drive, Carlisle (1.5km) - NGN 
  • Brundholme Road, Keswick (1.8km) - NGN
  • Irton Place, Carlisle (1.4km) - NGN
  • Banklands, Workington (2.2km) - NGN
  • Market Street, Dalton-in-Furness (1.2km) - Cadent
  • Oxford Street, Barrow-in-Furness (1.8km) - Cadent
  • Oxenholme Lane, Natland (1.8km) - Cadent
  • Moor Tarn Lane, Barrow-in-Furness (1.3km) - Cadent
  • Beach Crescent, Barrow-in-Furness (1.4km) - Cadent
  • Palmers Lane, Millom (1.4km) - Cadent 

As timings are agreed, and permits to work are issued, the One Network website will be updated.

Alongside these upgrade works, both Cadent and NGN teams continue to carry out routine maintenance and repairs to the gas networks. They also provide the county's fast response gas emergency service. If you ever smell gas, call 0800 111 999 immediately, day or night. Do not delay, or assume it is related to nearby works. It may not be and needs to be checked.

All calls are recorded and may be monitored.

If the works are part of this major upgrade programme and your property is directly impacted, you will receive information by letter several weeks before the project starts.

In some cases, Cadent or NGN may need to switch off your gas supply, to connect your property to  the new gas main. Engineers employed by the companies will ensure that your supply is turned back on the same day it goes off. The engineer will check everything is working safely.

Find more information about how works are carried out.

Watch video from Cadent Gas Limited

If you need to contact the Cadent team:

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