Wales & West Utilities is working on a £160,000 gas pipe investment scheme in the Brecon Road area of Ystradgynlais which will make sure that local homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply to the area for years to come.

Starting late October, the work will involve replacing more than a kilometre of old metal gas pipes with new plastic ones along the main Brecon Road. The essential scheme is planned to complete during the beginning of February.

Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Powys County Council in planning the work, and to make sure there is the minimum disruption to the local community and road users, it has been split into several phases.

  • Phase 1 involves laying 720 metres of new gas pipe on Brecon Road between 214 and 2 Bryn Cerdd Villas. This work will start on 24 October and should take around six weeks to complete. So the local community, road users and our colleagues are kept safe whilst the work is ongoing, the start of this phase will see three-way traffic lights in place at the junction of Tanywaun and 369 Brecon Road. The remainder of the work will then involve the use ofrolling two-way traffic lights.
  • Phase 2 will involve laying approximately 400 metres of new gas pipe on Brecon Road northbound from the roundabout leading to the A4067. Taking approximately five weeks to complete, it will start on 5 December and will also involve working on the Caerbont Enterprise Park.
  • Phase 3 will start on 16 January and involve three weeks of work to lay 160 metres of new gas pipe between the roundabout and 2 Bryn Cerdd Villas. Traffic management plans are being developed for this phase.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller for South Wales, Francis Kirk, said:

“We know that working on roads like these is not ideal, but it really is essential to support the area into the future. We’ll be working to make that the work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible whilst also keeping disruption to local people to a minimum.

“Replacing old metal gas pipes is a complex job and depending on what we find when we start work, our plans may need to change. We will make sure local people are kept updated of our progress. 

“We would like to thank local people in advance for their understanding while we do this essential work.”

Once we start work, people can always approach the team on site with any questions. Our Customer Service Team is also ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on free phone 0800 912 2999 or by Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or 

Work in Ystradgynlais is part of Wales & West Utilities multi-million pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme across Wales and the south west of England 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.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service that serves Wales and the south west of England, puts customers at the heart of the business and is rated the top utility company in the UK for customer service. 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.