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Wales & West Utilities is returning to Bodmin to continue its gas pipe upgrade work in the area and is holding a drop-in event for local people to find out more.

Starting on 9September, the work is the latest phase in the project, which began in April last year, and a drop-in session is being held so that anyone with any enquiries can come along and speak to a member of the team.

People are invited to come along to The Shire House Suite, Shire House, Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DQ on Wednesday 15 August between 12:30pm and 7pm.

The scheme is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area so that people are kept safe and warm for generations to come.

Ahead of the scheme the gas pipeline and emergency service has been working with Cornwall Council to plan the works and it has been agreed that it will be split into two phases to keep disruption to a minimum.

The first phase involves upgrading gas pipes on Lower Bore Street and Fore Street. A road closure will be in place on Lower Bore Street and Fore Street whilst work is ongoing and a diversion route will be clearly signposted. This phase of work should take three weeks to complete.

Phase two will start in October 2018 where pipes will be upgraded on Barn Lane. During this time four-way traffic lights will be in place on Barn Lane, Westheath Avenue, Dunmere Road and the road from Dunmere junction to Higher Bore Street. A road closure will also be in place on St. Mary’s Road between 1 October and 2 November. A diversion route will be clearly signposted. This phase of our work should take 5 weeks to complete.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller for the area, Dominic Tester, is managing the work and said:

“We know that working on roads like these 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 safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“We’re urging anyone who wants to find out about the work and the traffic management plans to come along to our drop-in session on the 15 August. Our team will be on hand to answer any queries people may have.”

Ahead of the scheme Wales & West Utilities has met with the local Chamber of Commerce to discuss how impact to local businesses is kept to a minimum. All local businesses will be open as usual while work is ongoing and trade deliveries will be accommodated, where possible.

Dominic added:

“We’re very aware of the effect that our work can have on communities and commuters. We’re working closely with Cornwall Council to agree the best way to get this essential work done while causing the least inconvenience.”

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

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