Wales & West Utilities is temporarily stopping work on its gas pipe upgrade programme in Penyrheol and Abertridwr over the Christmas period, with the last phase of work starting in the New Year.  

The gas pipe replacement work taking place on the B4263 Abertridwr Road stopped last week.  The work to replace 2km of old metal gas pipe with new plastic pipes will restart on 4 January and will continue until 10 January without the need for temporary traffic lights. 

From 11 January, traffic management will be required to finish this phase of work. It is anticipated that all work will be finished by the end of March.

Wales & West Utilities programme controller, Melanie Hole, said:

“We are closing our site for the Christmas period and will restart work in Abertridwr in the New Year.  The next phase of work requires some traffic management to be in place from 11 January and we’ll let people know exactly where our temporary traffic lights will be, once we get back on the job in January.

“This work represents a significant investment for us at around £200,000 and will support Penyrheol and Abertridwr now and into the future. Once again, we’d like to thank local people for bearing with us whilst we carry out this essential work in their community.”

We have liaised with the local authority in planning this scheme and have committed to keeping traffic management under review as we work – to make sure we keep inconvenience to a minimum.

This essential work is part of the company’s multi-million-pound 30-year mains replacement programme, across Wales and the south west of England, which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being replaced with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years. 

Once we are back on site people can approach the team on site with any questions or ring our customer services team on free phone 0800 912 2999. Alternatively you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities, and at

And 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.