Roads shut for weeks as gas pipes updated
DRIVERS in Wells are facing weeks of diversions while gas pipes are updated.
During the work by Wales & West Utilities, North Road will be closed for six weeks and College Road for two weeks.
The company’s programme controller for Wells, Barry Sale, said: “We are working in Wells to upgrade more than 650 meters of old metal gas pipes in the area to new plastic ones. This £170,000 investment is essential to keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses – and make sure the gas network is fit for the future. Barring any unforeseen difficulties, we anticipate it will be finished in early September.”
He said that the work is taking place in three phases:
• Phase 1 started on July 10 on Millers Gardens, and barring any unforeseen engineering difficulties, it was anticipated that this phase of work would take three weeks to complete.
• Phase 2 started on July 24 on North Road. During this phase of work, in agreement with Somerset County Council and so that the local community, road users and workers are kept safe, there will be a road closure on North Road at its entrance to Stoberry Park School and the junction with Bath Road from July 24 to August 11, and between the entrance to Stoberry Park School and the junction with College Road from August 11 to September 1. A diversion route will be signposted and barring any unforeseen engineering difficulties, it is anticipated that Phase 2 will take six weeks to complete.
• Phase 3 will start on August 21 at the junction of College Road and North Road. During this phase, there will be a road closure on College Road from its junction with New Street to the junction with The Liberty. Again, a diversion route will be signposted and barring any unforeseen engineering difficulties, it is anticipated that this phase of works will take two weeks to complete.
Mr Sale said: “All local businesses will be open as usual while we’re working and we will accommodate trade deliveries where possible. We know working on roads like these is not ideal, but it really is essential to 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 be working hard to make sure that the work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible, whilst also keeping disruption to a minimum.
“Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800912 29 99 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities of Facebook.com/WWUtilities.”