ONE hundred metres of new gas pipe is to be installed under a road in Wirral to ensure local homes have the energy they need to stay warm.

Cadent, which manages the local gas network, has explored several options to repair a 70-year-old, underground iron gas main under Arrowe Brook Road after a leak was discovered.

It has been decided to completely replace the pipe, which runs for around 100 metres – around the length of a football pitch – under the road.

Specialist teams will lay the new pipe and commission it, before decommissioning the old pipe. This means that gas will stay on throughout the work.

"We’ve explored multiple options and the most sensible decision is to replace this section of main," said Rachel Endfield, customer operations area manager, Cadent.

"We need to ensure we protect supply to around 1,000 homes that this pipe feeds, and replacement is now the only way to do that. If the leak deteriorates, we’d need to isolate the pipe, which could potentially leave these homes without gas. We can’t risk that.

"Unfortunately, the work will mean the continuation of traffic lights on Arrowe Brook Road, for several more weeks – possibly until close to Christmas.

"I know this is far from ideal, but hope people understand this is essential work, to keep people safe and warm in their homes.

"I appreciate everyone’s patience while we complete this."

The engineers face additional challenges due to the proximity of high-pressure water pipes and high-voltage cables.

The existing – and new – pipe also crosses Arrowe Brook, which brings extra considerations, including environmental aspects.

Customers with questions about this work can contact the team by:

  • Phone: 0800 090 3071
  • Email:
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If you smell gas

If you smell gas during this work, nearby or anywhere, always ring the national gas emergency service immediately, day or night, on 0800 111 999. Do not delay, or assume it’s related to this work. It may not be and must be checked.