A nightmare for some, a handy shortcut or good workout for others, the Gas Work Steps are widely used by residents and sports clubs through Douglas. But they will be closed for most of July.

Manx Utilities have applied for a closure of the steps that link South Quay with Douglas Head Road to undertake essential repairs to a surface water drainage pipe for a period of four weeks, commencing on Tynwald Day (July 5).

A statement said: ‘During a recent CCTV survey of the 225mm surface water pipe, a number of defects were identified including two localised collapses which require urgent remediation and backfilling of voids created by the defects located beneath the steps.

‘For safety of pedestrians it has been necessary to close access to the steps whilst excavations are carried out.  Once the remedial work has been completed Manx Utilities’ contractor, Environmental Techniques, will refurbish the pipe using a specialist lining technique. During the lining installation three way traffic lights will be in place for 1 day on the lifting bridge roundabout to accommodate the large vehicles and plant required for this phase of the works.

‘Manx Utilities apologises for any disruption caused during these essential works.’

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