Wales & West Utilities is inviting people living in the Whitchurch area to a local drop-in event to find out more about the work which is starting later in the month.

In preparation, the company will have one of its customer support vehicles stationed on Heol Y Gors between 3-7pm on Wednesday 16 October where people can speak to members of the team to find out more.

The work, which will start on 21 October, involves upgrading over 5 kilometres of gas pipes in the Merthyr Road area of the Cardiff suburb.

The £725,000 investment, which is due to be complete by the end of March next year, is essential to make sure the gas is kept flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area and so families are safe and warm for generations to come.

Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Cardiff Council to carefully plan this work and to minimise disruption it has been agreed that rolling two-way traffic lights will be in operation throughout. All businesses in the area will be open as usual throughout.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller, Adam Smith, is project managing the work and said:

“Most of the gas network is underground and out of sight but it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Whitchurch and the rest of Cardiff. 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 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.

“We’re looking forward to speaking to local people, letting them know what we have planned and how we’ll be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. 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 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.