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9 February 2011, 11:07 | Updated: 18 February 2011, 16:36
A number of busy shopping streets in Cambridge are going to be dug up later this year so old gas pipes can be replaced.
The work to replace 1.3 kilometres of piping is due to start in April and will last ten months.
The roads affected are:
The new pipework should last for 80 years if it is not disturbed, according to the National Grid.
A public information event is being held in Cambridge at the Royal Cambridge Hotel in Trumpington Street at 7pm on Monday 28th February, where local traders and residents will be able to ask questions.
Chris Naylor, Construction Operations Engineer, said: "Please come along and meet us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the work.
We wish to assure everyone that we will do our utmost to minimise any disruption associated with this work.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but it is essential gas pipe replacement work which has been planned is conjunction with local authority and is necessary to ensure everyone can continue to rely on a safe and secure gas network."