AS seen in this video simulation, work on renewing gas pipes dating back to the 1960s starts today in a 12 week operation in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. Both Henley Street and Union Street will be involved as local gas network Cadent renews 360 metres of pipes with work scheduled to finish on Monday 5th November for Henley Street – the first phase of the project. The work will not affect access to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the library, the post office or businesses and cafes in Henley Street. Vehicle access to Henley Street (during permitted hours) will not be affected. The second phase of the project will start in Union Street on 4th November for three weeks. To carry out the work safely, Union Street will be closed to through traffic. Engineers will be replacing 1960s iron gas mains with tough new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years. The new pipes will keep local homes and businesses safe and warm until the end of the century.