Wales & West Utilities is set to start a £175,000 project to upgrade gas pipes in Combe Down later this month, though the work is likely to have an effect on traffic in and out of the city centre.
The project involves working along North Road in the Combe Down area of Bath to upgrade gas pipes 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.
The work is due to start on 29th July and, barring engineering difficulties, is likely to take five weeks to complete.
As part of the essential upgrades, it has been agreed with Bath and North East Somerset Council that during the scheme a road closure will be in place along North Road from its junction with The Firs to its junction with Combe Road.
A diversion route, directing traffic into the city centre and back out again, will be in place and clearly signposted.
Wales & West Utilities Project Manager, Steve Davies, is managing the work and said: “We know that working on roads like this 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.
“Most of the gas network is underground and out of sight but it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Bath 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.”
“We’ll be working as safely and as quickly as possible to make sure the work is completed in a timely fashion, while keeping inconvenience to a minimum for local people and road users.”