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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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£5m project to replace gas pipe near Carlisle

Work is about to start on a £5m project to replace a gas pipe under the River Eden near Carlisle.

National Grid is carrying out a six-month scheme on the waterway between Linstock and Crosby-on-Eden on the north side of the river to a point near Aglionby on the south side.

Specialist machinery is being brought in to drill beneath the river bed, but National Grid, the utility firm carrying out the work, says there will be no disruption to gas supplies.

Engineers say the existing pipeline is being replaced at a greater depth because of river bed erosion caused by flooding.

About 550 metres of new pipeline is needed, of which around 50 metres will be beneath the river.

Project manager Mark Whittaker said: “We’re putting in a new section of pipe which will be laid at a greater depth.

“We will be drilling beneath the river bed so we can install the new pipeline without affecting the river itself.”

For safety reasons, there will be a temporary speed restriction and warning signs along the nearby A689 during the work.

Footpaths and cycle ways will stay open.

Work is due to start this month and be completed by the end of October.

Conservationists are transforming a river to its natural path after it was straightened decades ago to help farming.

Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England are working on a one-mile stretch of the River Lyvennet, near Penrith.

Simon Humphries, Natural England area manager, said the River Eden was a “jewel in the crown for wildlife” in Cumbria.

“Re-meandering the river will increase the habitat for rare species. ”

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