Wales & West Utilities is reporting good progress with its gas pipe upgrade scheme in the Fore Street area of Cullompton.

The £66,000 investment work, which began earlier in the month, 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.

Already, the work has involved the upgrade of 70 metres of gas pipe – with 260 metres still to do. Barring any engineering difficulties, the work is expected to be complete by April.

The first section of work, within New Inn Court, has been completed and 2-way traffic lights are currently in place as the site is set-up ready for the road closure on Monday (27 January). This will commence at 11am and will involve Fore Street being closed from its junction with Tiverton Road to Exeter Hill - a clearly signposted diversion route in place. This has been agreed with Devon County Council and is necessary to make sure that the local community, road users and Wales & West Utilities engineers are kept safe whilst work is ongoing.

We’re making good progress on upgrading the gas pipes in Cullompton and really want to thank local people for their patience so far. We know the closure of Fore Street will be disruptive, but we’re committed to doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum while we are working.

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.

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.

Roxanne Whittaker, Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller

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

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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.