WORK has started today to upgrade 400 metres of gas pipes in Newton Abbot.

The programme by Wales and West Utilities means the closure of several roads around the town between now and the end of June. 

From today, there is a road closure from Kingsteignton Road to Jetty Marsh Road which will continue until May 31. 

Another closure from today is on Kingsteignton Road from outside Harlington Court to Jetty Marsh roundabout and this will go on until June 28. 

The work is needed to keep gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses.

As part of the work the gas emergency and pipeline service has liaised with Devon County Council, and it has been agreed that traffic management will be in place whilst the work is ongoing. 

From May 28, there is a road closure on The Avenue, Wharf Road Industrial Estate between Jetty Marsh roundabout and Wharf Road and this will be until June 21. 

Wales & West Utilities Travis Wheatle is managing the project. 

He said: ‘We know that working in areas 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.

‘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.

‘While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across the Newton Abbot area. 

‘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 is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.’