Media Release: Be seen – be safe! Works prompt road safety reminder for schoolchildren in Coatbridge


PUPILS at Greenhill Primary School received a Road Safety briefing from National Grid at a special assembly held on Friday 25th November.

The briefing, timed to take place during National Road Safety Week, aimed to ensure pupils know how to keep safe when crossing and playing near the road.

Says a spokesperson: “National Grid is currently undertaking environmental improvement works near the school, which at times will involve up to 60 lorry movements per day. Road safety is particularly important as most of the work will take place during the darker winter months.

“Pupils were shown a road safety video and reminded of the Green Cross Code before being given reflective snap on arm-bands and a road safety quiz to take home.”

Fiona McKenzie of National Grid said: “We are aware that this work will generate additional local traffic along Burnbank Street, already a very busy road and one of the main routes to and from Greenhill Primary School.

“Safety is of paramount importance to us and that priority does not stop at the site boundary. This Road Safety initiative also involves working with our contractor and the lorry drivers coming to and from the site to ensure that everyone on the project is aware of the role they have in keeping themselves and pedestrians safe.”

Contractors I&H Brown Ltd. and Environmental Engineers WYG Group are undertaking the remediation of the former gasworks site at Burnbank Street in Coatbridge on behalf of National Grid.

The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2012.

I&H Brown Ltd is participating in the Considerate Contractor Scheme.



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About Coatbridge Gasworks

The site formed part of Coatbridge Gas Works, which was developed, for gas production and storage in 1877. Gas manufacturing operations had expanded onto the site by the 1890’s and the site was occupied by the main gas work structures during its operation.

Structures included four gasholder tanks, retorts, purifiers and liquor storage tanks. Gas production at the Burnbank Street site ceased in the early 1970’s. Decommissioning and demolition of the main gasworks structures occurred shortly afterwards, with the last of the gasholders demolished in 1991.

These works form part of a voluntary remediation strategy aimed at minimising potential environmental liabilities associated with the sites former industrial use. Work is being undertaken under planning consent from North Lanarkshire Council and National Grid is working closely with Regulators to ensure the site is returned to beneficial use.

Work commenced on Monday 12th September 2011 and is expected to continue for a period of approximately 30 weeks. Agreed working hours are between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday with no Sunday working anticipated.

About National Grid

National Grid is one of the world’s largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, reliably and efficiently. It owns and operates gas and electricity transmission and distribution networks in the UK and US. Other businesses operate in areas such as Metering, LNG Importation and Interconnectors.

National Grid’s property department manages a large and complex property portfolio in the UK.  We own and manage a portfolio of occupied and surplus properties belonging to National Grid plc and manage historic contamination across the portfolio. The portfolio is extremely diverse including shops, offices, depots, residential properties and land including former gasworks sites located across the UK.

Many of these sites remain from the privatisation of the gas industry in the mid-1980s.

National Grid works with developers, local authorities, independent experts and regulators to devise and implement strategic clean up programmes to restore brownfield sites.

Our goal is to tackle this industrial legacy, reclaim the land – adding value, minimising risk and contributing to brownfield regeneration. The positive impact of this multi million pound, rolling programme is evident throughout the UK as hundreds of former gasworks sites have been cleaned up, enabling them to be redeveloped and returned to beneficial use.

Key statistics - During the last ten years, over 1,500 acres of land reclaimed; over £205 million spent on clean up; over 500 clean-up projects embarked upon

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