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Busy Swindon road open early thanks to hardworking engineers 

Wales & West Utilities has completed essential gas pipe upgrade work in the Bridge End Road area of Swindon earlier than anticipated.

The £200,000 work, which started last month, was 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. It was expected that works would be complete at the beginning of March but thanks to hard-working engineers, the scheme has completed two weeks ahead of schedule, with Swindon Borough Council also completing its own planned works in the time.

Wales & West Utilities had worked closely with Swindon Borough Council to plan the scheme and, with road closures planned for Bridge End Road and Gipsy Lane, the Council asked to complete its own road and street lighting repairs under the same road closures – minimising disruption to people travelling along the route.

We’re delighted to have finished this upgrade scheme and want to thank everyone who lives and works in the area for bearing with us while we worked hard to complete this essential work.

It’s great that this joined up approach has led to both gas and highway work being completed, keeping inconvenience to local residents, businesses and road users to a minimum.

While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Swindon and the surrounding areas. 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.

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, Mick Gallavin

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.

Our team is also working on 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 make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.