October road closure is announced for an East Devon village while a gas pipe upgrade is finished

A road closure lasting more than three weeks has been announced for an East Devon village during the final phase of work to upgrade gas pipes.

Wales & West Utilities said the final phase of gas pipe upgrade in the Burnt Oak area of Sidbury, East Devon, is set to start on Monday, October 2, and will finish by the end of the month.

The utilities company said a road closure on the A375, from Two Bridges Road to Chapel Street, will be in place between October 2-17. while the upgrade is finished.

Wales & West Utilities said residents would be notified ahead of the closure, warning motorists to allow for extra travelling time.

It said ‘barring any engineering difficulties’ the work would be finished by the end of October.

A spokesperson for Wales & West Utilities said: “Wales & West Utilities is starting its final phase of work to upgrade the gas pipes in the Burnt Oak area of Sidbury.

“The £40,000 investment work is essential to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably to local homes and businesses, keeping people warm for generations to come.

“It will start on 2 October and, barring any engineering difficulties, it will finish by the end of the month.

“To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Devon County Council and it has been agreed that a road closure will be in place on the A375, from Two Bridges Road to Chapel Street, between 2-27 October.

“Local residents will be informed ahead of the work starting and motorists are advised to allow extra travelling time.”

Roxanne Whittaker, managing the Wales & West Utilities gas pipe upgrade work, said: “We are pleased with the progress of our work and are on track to complete it on time.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Sidbury.”

She added: “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.”

She said a team of engineers have been on site throughout the upgrade in a bid to complete the work quickly and minimise disruption.

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