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Wales & West Utilities is holding a drop-in session for Somerton residents who want to find out more about its work to upgrade gas pipes in the area.

The session will be held on Tuesday 14 March between 8am – 6pm in The Parish Rooms, Market Square, Somerton, TA11 7NB. Here they’ll be able to view plans and direct any questions to members of the project team.

The £235,000 investment work, which started on 13 February, is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses and is likely to finish by the end of June. It involves upgrading the gas pipes on both Behind Berry and Langport Road and will support the housing development on Cartway Lane.

The work will keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.

To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has liaised with both Somerset County Council and the local town council, and the following traffic management has been agreed:

  • Phase one will involve 2 and 3-way lights on Behind Berry and Horse Mill Lane (27 February - 31 March)
  • Phase two will involve 2 and 3-way lights on Langport Road and West End (3 April - 12 May)
  • Phase three will involve rolling road closures and traffic lights on Behind Berry, Elstone Terrace and Pound Pool (9 May - 23 June)

Wales & West Utilities Darren Cuddy is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said:

While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Somerton. 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 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. 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 is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.

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.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.