AGEING iron gas mains across Barnsley are going to be replaced as part of a £750,000 scheme of maintenance work that starts next month.

National Grid, in partnership with Amec, will be renewing more than 4.5 km of gas mains in the town centre in a work programme that runs until November.

It will mean that iron mains will be replaced with new, hard-wearing plastic pipes that will last for more than 80 years if left undisturbed in the ground.

The first phase will be replacing gas mains in Cheapside, Mayday Green, Market Street, Kendray Street, Midland Road and St George’s Street. It will mean swathing changes to roads in the town centre - Albert Street and Market Street will be closed to traffic for a couple of weeks and there will be restrictions on the entrance to the bus station on Kendray Street.

A spokesman said: "Where possible, to reduce the need for digging, the new plastic pipe will be inserted into the old metal main. However in some locations trenches may be needed to carry out the work."

An information event will be held in town today (March 21) in Cheapside, outside Top Shop, from 9.30am to 3pm.

Full details of the roadworks will be published in our WAB Roadworks Guide which can be found here.