MOTORISTS travelling through parts of Neston will face disruption when National Grid engineers start six weeks of essential gas mains renewal work.

A total of 176 metres of metal gas mains will be replaced, with work scheduled to start on Friday, June 6. It will affect Leighton Road, particularly at its junction with Boathouse Lane.

It is part of an on-going programme to replace metal gas mains with modern plastic gas pipes designed to last at least 80 years.

Stephen Murray, contract manager, National Grid said: "People across Neston enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply and our job is to make sure it stays that way.

"The new mains we are laying will last at least 80 years so while there will be some traffic delays in the short term, the long term benefit will be mains which will last for many decades to come.

"We promised we’ll let people know when we’re about to start work. We’ll get the job done as quickly and as tidily as possible. We’ll do our best to keep traffic flowing and to make sure homes and businesses remain accessible.

"If people want to know more about our work and how it will affect them, they can get in touch with us on 0161 703 1000 or 1010."

A video showing what people can expect to see during the operation can be viewed on Google or YouTube by entering National Grid Gas Mains Replacement (UK) in the search box.