Essential Gas Mains Reinforcement Work: Cheltenham
Issue Date: 25 June 2008
Essential gas mains reinforcement work has begun in Cheltenham by gas distribution company, Wales & West Utilities (WWU).
The project, from Central Way to the junction of Glencairn Park Road and Lansdown Road commenced on 5th May 2008 at the Central Way End and a team has since begun work at the Glencairn Park Road end. The total project is expected to take around six months to complete.
The areas affected will include Central Way, Arle Road, Allstone Croft, Allstone Lane, Gloucester Road, Queens Road and Glencarin Park Road.
The £950,000 project - to install 2000 metres of new plastic gas pipe with a lifespan of more than 80 years - represents a major investment by Wales & West Utilities and is essential to maintain gas supplies to local people and businesses in the area.
Traffic management will be introduced including the road closure of Allstone Croft and a lane closure of Gloucester Road and WWU is working closely with Gloucestershire County Council Highways and representatives from the local bus company and businesses to ensure that inconvenience to local people is kept to an absolute minimum.
The work will be carried out by the Western Gas Alliance (WGA) on behalf of Wales & West Utilities and Rob Vallender, WGA's Operations Manager, said: "Temporary carriageway restrictions will be required to allow us to install the new mains and all local residents will be kept fully informed as the work progresses. with traffic disruption being kept to a absolute minimum.
"The work is part of WWU's continued efforts to ensure the safety and security of gas supplies to the local community and it is essential to bring improved supply to local people in the area.
"We have been in detailed discussions with Gloucestershire County Council and other interested parties to ensure that disruption to road users, residents and businesses is minimised as far as possible".
Note to Editors
Background information on Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West Utilities is a regulated gas distribution business with around 34,000 km of gas distribution pipelines located in Wales and the South West of England. With its main offices in Newport, South Wales and with more than 1,400 staff, the company's catchment area has a population of 7.4 million.
In addition to laying new gas pipes, making new gas connections and moving and replacing pipes and meters, it is Wales & West Utilities' people who respond to gas emergency calls in our geographic area, by providing 24-hour 365 days a year service to ensure the safety of our customers and consumers.
Western Gas Alliance
Wales & West Utilities launched the Western Gas Alliance on 1st April 2008 with two leading service providers - AMEC and Morrison Utility Services. The innovative Alliance will deliver all of WWU's 2,000kms of mains replacement programme over the next five years - with a potential extension for a further 5 years.
For more information contact:-
Wales & West Utilities Press Office : 029 2055 6147