Wales & West Utilities has started the second phase of its £164,000 gas pipe upgrade scheme in Bude.

The work, which started on Monday (21 September), 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. It involves upgrading gas pipes along Stratton Road and, barring any engineering difficulties, is expected to be complete by the end of November.

To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Cornwall County Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum. In agreement with the Council and local business owners, a one-way road closure will be in place from Stratton Road’s junction with Kings Hill to its junction with the roundabout adjacent to the retail park. This is necessary to maintain access for businesses and will be in place throughout the scheme.

We know that working on roads 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 be working as safely and as quickly as possible to make sure the work is completed in a timely fashion, while keeping inconvenience to a minimum for local people and road users.

Our engineers are following all hygiene and social distancing guidelines and we would respectfully ask that you keep a 2m distance if passing our work site.

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.

Henry James, Wales & West Utilities First Line Manager

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 you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.