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Gas investment comes to Wanborough

Posted on: 06/08/2019

Wales & West Utilities is to begin a project to upgrade gas pipes in the Wanborough area.

The £900,000 project will start on 19 August in Ham Road and 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 7.5 kilometres of gas pipes and, barring any engineering difficulties, it is expected to be complete by May next year.

Work will also take place on Church Road, Purley Road, Southdown, Medbourne Lane, Badbury Lane, Berricot Lane, Pump House Lane, Marlborough Rd, Bell Lane, The Street, Lidenbrook, Liddington Hill, Rotten Row and Kite Hill. Wales & West Utilities will be visiting local businesses to let them know what to expect while work is ongoing, and all local businesses will be open as usual.

In planning the work Wales & West Utilities has worked closely with Swindon Borough Council to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.  To keep the local community, road users and our colleagues safe, it has been agreed that phased road closures and rolling traffic lights will be in place whilst work is ongoing. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

Wales & West Utilities Programme Controller, Mick Gallavin, 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 Wanborough. 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, takes pride in serving 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. 

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 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.