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Wales & West Utilities has started its £100,000 investment programme in Abersychan, which will make sure the area receives a safe and reliable gas supply to the area for years to come.

The work, which started on Monday 5 October, will involve replacing more than 800 metres of metal gas pipes with new long lasting plastic ones. It is anticipated the work will take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

As part of the scheme our teams will be working in Viaduct Road, Lower Harpers Road, Harpers Road and Top Road. As the work progresses it may also be necessary to work in the junctions of Lower Harpers Road and Viaduct Road and Lower Harpers Road and Victoria Road. If this work does go ahead we will try to minimise disruption to the local community and road users and do this part of the work during the October half term.

This work, and the traffic management needed to make sure pedestrians, road users and our workforce are kept safe, has been agreed with the local authority. Lower Harpers Road, between the junction of Victoria Road and Viaduct Road, will be temporarily closed from the 12 October for 6 weeks. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

This essential work is part of the company’s multi-million-pound 30-year mains replacement programme, across Wales and the south west of England, 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. 

Wales & West Utilities programme controller, Francis Kirk, said:

“We are working to get the job finished as safely and as quickly as we can while minimising disruption for local people and businesses. Although this work will be disruptive in the short term, there have been several leaks on this pipeline in the last few years, and we are carrying out this work now so that we can reduce the risk of gas leaks occurring and the need for us to carry out costly and disruptive ad hoc repairs in the future.

I appreciate this work may, at times, be inconvenient, but it really is essential to make sure that homes and businesses in the area continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of gas now and in the future. “

If they have any questions, people can always approach the team on site or ring our customer services team on free phone 0800 912 2999 or 02921 678 455. Alternatively you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities, and at Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities is carrying out a multi-million-pound 30-year mains replacement programme, across Wales and the south west of England, 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. 

We also provide the gas emergency service across Wales and the south west of England. 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.