A MAJOR pipeline replacement project is set to be completed seven weeks earlier than originally expected.

Motorists were warned to expect six months of roadworks when ageing metal pipes began being dug out and replaced with long-lasting plastic ones in Glazebury in April.

But gas company Cadent, which is in charge of the project, says the work along a 2.4km stretch of Warrington Road, between Hey Shoot Lane and the East Lancs, is ahead of schedule and will now be completed next month instead of in October.

There us just 0.4km of the road left to re-pipe.

Site manager Paul Phillips said: “This has been a big job on a busy major road and we planned carefully for it.

“We have worked hard to minimise the inevitable disruption this type of work causes.

“Our teams have been very grateful for the support and patience everyone has shown."

All the businesses on the road, including Bents Home and Garden, have remained open since the maintenance work began.

Once it has been completed the road will be landscaped with flower beds planted.

Landlady of The Raven Inn Elaine Rosling was presented with a bouquet of flowers on Monday by contract engineer Anthony Mirdad to thank her for giving permission for the workers to use the pub's car park while carrying out the re-piping.

If you have been affected by the gas works and would like more information contact Cadent on 0161 703 1000.