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Chudleigh gas pipe upgrade begins

Posted on: 20/06/2019

Wales & West Utilities is upgrading gas pipes in Chudleigh.

The project started on 17 June and is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area so that people are safe and warm for generations to come. It involves upgrading old metal pipes to new long-lasting plastic ones on Old Exeter Street, Colway Lane, Bottle Bridge Road Hill and Woodway Street and, barring any engineering difficulties, it is expected to be complete by September 2019.

Ahead of the work starting Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Devon County Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.  To keep the local community, road users and our colleagues safe, it has been agreed that phased road closures will be in place on Old Exeter Street, including the junction of Colway Lane and Bottle Bridge Hill. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

It has also been agreed that Wales & West Utilities will suspend work between 15-28 July to allow the local carnival to go ahead without disruption.

Wales & West Utilities’ Roxanne Whittaker is project managing the work and said:

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Chudleigh. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it. 

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential. 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.

“This work will not only keep the gas flowing safely and reliably today, it will also help make sure the gas network is fit for the future and can play its part in delivering reliable and affordable green energy.”

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, takes pride in serving 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 replaced 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.