5km gas pipe upgrade to begin in Brent Knoll and East Brent

Wales & West Utilities is to start work on a £860,000 gas pipe investment scheme in Brent Knoll and East Brent which will keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area.

The essential work, to upgrade five kilometres of gas pipes, will be completed in phases. The first phase starts on 24 February and, barring any engineering difficulties, is expected to be finished by the end of June. The initial work will begin on Burton Row, from its junction with Middle Street, and will continue onto Brent Road, up to its junction with Red House Road.

Ahead of the work Wales & West Utilities is inviting local people to a public drop-in information event so that they can find out more. The event will be held on Thursday 20 February between 10am – 3pm at Brent Knoll Parish Hall, Brent Street, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, TA9 4EH.

Wales & West Utilities has worked closely Somerset County Council to carefully plan the work and it has been agreed that, where possible, it will be done in accordance with school holidays. To keep the local community, road users and our colleagues safe, it has been agreed that rolling two-way traffic lights will be used throughout the work

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.

While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Brent Knoll and East Brent. 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’re looking forward to speaking to local people, letting them know what we have planned and how we’ll be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller, Barry Sale

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.

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 upgraded to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.