Honiton gas pipe upgrade completed

PUBLISHED: 15:01 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:13 13 May 2019

The gas men goeth. Picture  	Picture W&WU

The gas men goeth. Picture Picture W&WU

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New plastic pipes have been installed after a £174,000 project

Essential work to upgrade gas pipes to keep supplies flowing to homes and businesses in Honiton has been completed.

Wales and West Utilities started replacing 1.3kms of old metal pipes with plastic ones in the Pine Grove area in January.

Roxanne Whittaker, who managed the project, said: "We're delighted to have finished this £174,000 upgrade and want to thank everyone who lives, works and travels through Honiton for bearing with us while we did this essential work.

"While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Honiton and the surrounding areas. "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.

"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."

Wales and West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, 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 with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years. The project aims to ensure that homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

A spokesperson for Wales and West Utilities said: "We take

pride in serving the south west of England and Wales. Our core business is the safe and secure transportation of gas across our distribution network. We transport gas to the homes and businesses of 2.5 million consumers across a geography covering one sixth of the UK, serving a population of more than seven million people.

"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."

To read more about gas safety visits the website at https://www.wwutilities.co.uk/about-us/our-responsibilities/gas-health-and-safety/

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