Wales & West Utilities is reporting good progress on its £310,000 gas pipe investment work in the Commercial Road area of Pontardawe.

The scheme, which started last month and is expected to be complete in February next year, will make sure that local homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

During the scheme the company will be working in Commercial Road, Gelligron Road, Pontardawe Road, Waun Penlan and Waunsterw to upgrade more than 2,500m of old metal pipes to new plastic ones.

In planning the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to plan the required traffic management. As part of the scheme rolling two-way traffic lights will be in place from September as work progresses along Commercial Street. Advance warning signs will be in place.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller for the area, Francis Kirk, 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 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 and we’ve worked closely with the local council to agree the best way to get this essential work done while causing the least inconvenience.”

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Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. 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.

Our team is also working on 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.