WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has hailed a massive investment programme to replace old gas pipes in Up Holland.
Rosie visited various sites in the village where the works are taking place, including the main road, Ormskirk Road.
Workmen have been in the area for some months replacing the existing metal mains with modern, plastic pipes which have a lifespan of around 80 years if undisturbed once in the ground. They hope to be finished by January.
The project is part of an £84m scheme to replace 565km of gas mains right across the North West during 2008/2009.
The bulk of the work, including that in the Up Holland area, is being carried out by the North West Gas Alliance – a partnership between National Grid and Balfour Beatty.
Rosie said: “It was great to see the work the Alliance is doing to improve gas supply in Up Holland.
“They outlined how they consult with residents beforehand and continue updating them on how the works are progressing, which is so crucial when you are planning works on this scale.
“Hopefully, when all this is completed, it should leave Up Holland with a top-quality gas supply which will last a generation.”