Wales & West Utilities is starting work on two gas pipe investment schemes in the centre of Bath which will make sure that local homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply to the area for years to come.

The schemes, which represent an investment of over £50,000, have been planned in conjunction with Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Both schemes involve upgrading old metal gas pipes to new plastic ones, as well as carrying out work to upgrade individual supply pipes to homes and businesses.

  • The first scheme, in the James Street West area of Bath, will start on 22 January and, barring any unforeseen engineering difficulties, will take five weeks to complete. As part of the traffic management it has been agreed that various lane closures will be in place between James Street West and Charles Street whilst the works are carried out. This scheme represents an investment of over £30,000.
  • The second scheme, a £20.350 investment, involves working on London Road and is due to start on the 19 February. Taking approximately two weeks to complete, it has been agreed that a lane closure will be in place along London Road and a road closure will be in place on Thomas Street. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

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

“We’ve worked very closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council to plan the work and link in with their plans to make sure that communities and commuters face minimal disruption.

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.”

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Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across 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 replaced 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.