Wales & West Utilities is to kick off the new year with a gas pipe upgrade scheme in the Fore Street area of Cullompton.

The £66,000 investment work, which is set to begin on 6 January, 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. Barring any engineering difficulties, the work is expected to be complete by April.

To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Devon County Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum. It has been agreed that to keep the local community, road users and Wales & West Utilities engineers safe whilst the scheme is ongoing, rolling traffic lights will be in place along Fore Street from 6-27 January. For the remainder of the scheme it has been agreed that Fore Street will be closed from its junction with Tiverton Road to Exeter Hill and a diversion route will be clearly signposted.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across the Cullompton area. 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 in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential. 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.

“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 Programme Controller, Roxanne Whittaker 

Ahead of the scheme Wales & West Utilities has written to all local homes and businesses and held a public drop-in information event, so local people could come and find out more information and ask any questions they had.

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 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.