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£500k gas pipe upgrade wings its way to Weston-super-Mare

Posted on: 29/01/2019

The work, which starts next Monday (28 January), will take approximately 11 weeks to complete and will involve upgrading 2.7km of old metal pipes to new plastic ones to make sure that the gas keeps flowing to heat local homes and power local businesses for years to come.

 To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with North Somerset Council and it has been agreed that to keep the local community, road users and colleagues safe whilst work is ongoing, two-way traffic lights will be in place at various locations along the A370. A temporary speed restriction of 30mph will also be in place throughout the scheme.

The work will start on the A370 from the junction of West Rolstone Road, and will continue along the A370, working towards and finishing at the junction opposite the 'Full Quart pub'.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller, Barry Sale, is managing the work and said:

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

We’re very aware of the effect that our work can have on communities and commuters. We’ve worked closely with North Somerset Council to plan this work and we’ll be working as safely and as quickly as possible to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999 or enquiries@wwwutilities.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The company also has a multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being upgraded with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.