Andrew Dransfield, Wales & West Utilities First Line Manager said:

“Unfortunately we were not able to finish our essential work in Newtown as planned. We have experienced significant engineering difficulties on this job, in particular the sheer depth of the gas pipe and other, unrelated utility equipment laid in the way of our new gas pipe. It became apparent over the weekend that because significant differences between the plans we hold – and the gas infrastructure in the ground, we would have to extend our work. Barring any further engineering difficulties, we now anticipate that the work will be completed by the 9 October 2015.

“So that road users, pedestrians and our workforce are kept safe while we are working, the following traffic management will be in place until the work is completed.

  • Three-way lights on the B4568 roundabout to control the traffic off Milford Road, Long Bridge Street and Commercial Street. The temporary traffic lights are manned during peak hours by specialist contractors who will try to keep disruption and delays to a minimum.
  • Closure of the southbound lane of Crescent Street from Union Street onto the roundabout, with access maintained for residents to Crescent Street.

“I know that working in communities is disruptive and we do try to keep this to a minimum. I can assure people that this really is essential work to replace gas pipes that have been the subject of gas leaks over the last few years. By replacing the old gas pipe now, it reduces the risk of further leaks and the need for us to carry out disruptive as well as costly repairs in the future.

“I’d like to thank the local community for their support and understanding while we have been doing this challenging job.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to impress on people the absolute importance of obeying the temporary traffic lights to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible in the circumstances. We thank you for your cooperation.

“Our work in Newtown is part of our 30 year as pipe replacement programme across Wales and the south west of England. It is essential to make sure homes and businesses in Newtown continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of gas now and in the future.”