Your say on gas pipeline
NATIONAL Grid has vowed to cause as little disruption as possible when it undertakes the massive job of replacing a gas pipeline under the Humber.
The original pipe was built in 1984 and runs in an excavated trench along the river bed, connecting installations near Paull, on the north bank of the Humber, and Goxhill, on the south bank.
Tidal movement has left it exposed and the £117m job of replacing it is due to start in 2015 and run until 2017.
On the north bank the pipe will link to an above-ground installation near Paull. It will mean some disruption and traffic movements, probably for about a year.
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Three consultation sessions are planned – two in Lincolnshire and one, this Saturday, in Paull.
A National Grid spokesman said: "This is the first stage of what we're going to do and we want people's opinions.
"Local knowledge is invaluable. We might be told that where we are planning the route is not possible for whatever reason.
"There are things you can't find out from Google Maps."
In order to keep gas flowing through the old pipeline, National Grid will have to take a slightly different route with the new one, but it will still link the same two points.
The River Humber pipeline is a vital link connecting an import location for gas at Easington to the wider national network.
It delivers gas to customers across Britain.
The most suitable option for a replacement would be to construct a new pipeline beneath the River Humber, by tunnel or excavated trench.
It is likely to follow a similar route to the existing pipeline between existing above-ground installations.
The tunnel method would mean work on the land being done at a further distance from the water's edge. The company said it will make every effort to minimise disruption no matter which method is selected.
The spokesman said: "It will go under roads, rail and river and there will be limited disruption.
"There is an opportunity for people to get in before we decide on the route."
The method chosen will also dictate whether the Planning Inspectorate or East Riding Council will decide on the planning application.
Information about the project and the consultation, including how people can give their views, can be found at www.nationalgrid.com/riverhumberpipeline or by calling freephone 0800 9889144.
Consultation events will be held at East Halton Village Hall on Thursday from 3pm to 7pm, Goxhill Memorial Hall on Friday from 3pm to 7pm and in the Crown Inn car park at Paull on Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.