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Wales & West Utilities is reporting good progress in its £645,000 project to upgrade gas pipes in the Bleadon Hill area of Weston-super-Mare.

The scheme, which started in July, 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.It involves upgrading gas pipes in the Bleadon Hill area and, barring any engineering difficulties, it is expected to be complete by November.

In planning the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with North Somerset Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.  As part of the next section of work it has been agreed that to keep the local community, road users and our colleagues safe, road closures will be in place whilst work is ongoing.  These closures will be split into two phases and diversion routes will be clearly signposted:

  •          Phase One will start week commencing 2 September and take five weeks. Bleadon Hill will be closed from its junction with Leighton Crescent to its junction with Roman Road. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.
  •          Phase Two will start week commencing 30 September and will take eight weeks. There will be a two-week closure on Roman Road from its junction with Celtic Way to Bleadon Hill Golf Course.  Celtic Way will be closed from its                     junction with Roman Road to its junction with Shiplate Road. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller for the area, Barry Sale, is managing the work and 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 Weston-super-Mare. 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.”

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 enquiries@wwwutilities.co.uk.

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

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. 

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 upgraded to new long-lasting 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.