Wales & West Utilities’ team of gas engineers are busy working to complete the final section of the company’s gas pipe investment scheme in the Newton Saint Cyres area of Exeter.The company, which has been working in the area since July last year, has been working to upgrade old metal gas pipes to new plastic ones and is into the final month of works. Work will finish on 13 May and the upgraded pipes will keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses and make sure the gas network is fit for the future.

The work, to date, has centred on upgrading the gas network along the A377. This final stretch of the scheme will see gas pipes replaced from Bernaville Nurseries up to Cowley Bridge on the A377. Rolling two-way traffic lights, agreed with Devon County Council, will continue to be in operation for the remainder of the scheme.

Wales & West Utilities’ Roxanne Whittaker is managing the work and said:

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Newton Saint Cyres. 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 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.

“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.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving 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. 

The company also has 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 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.