Wales & West Utilities is to start work to upgrade the gas pipes in the Pitchers Hill area of Wickhamford.

Starting on 8 October, the work is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area and it is anticipated to take 11 weeks to complete.

Wales & West Utilities has been working closely with Worcestershire County Council to plan the work while keeping disruption to the community to a minimum. To keep the local community, road users and colleagues safe whilst work is ongoing it has been agreed that rolling traffic lights will be in place. These will move as the scheme progresses along Pitchers Hill between Longdon Hill and Evesham Road.

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

“We’d advise people travelling along Pitchers Hill to allow extra time while we are working. 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 very aware of the effect that our work can have on communities and commuters and we’ll work as safely and as quickly as possible to ensure the scheme is completed in a timely fashion while causing the least inconvenience.”

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Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service that serves the south west of England and Wales, puts customers at the heart of the business and is rated the top utility company in the UK for customer service. 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 to 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.