Weeks of ‘essential’ gas pipe upgrade work, road closures and temporary lights are announced for an East Devon village

Weeks of ‘essential’ gas pipe upgrade work, road closures and temporary traffic lights have been announced for an East Devon village.

Wales & West Utilities will begin work to upgrade gas pipes in the Exmouth Road area of Lympstone later, beginning on Monday, January 29.

The utilities company said ‘barring any engineering difficulties’, the work will finish at the end of March.

It will include:

  • Rolling traffic lights on Exmouth Road between January 29 – February 25
  • Road closures on both Courtlands Lane and Summer Lane between February 26 – March 10 (during this time motorists will not be able to gain access to Exmouth Road from these roads).

Wales & West Utilities said it has liaised with Devon County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that traffic management will be in place throughout.

Lympstone residents and organisations have been informed of the plans, said the utilities company.

Roxanne Whittaker, who is managing this gas pipe upgrade work, 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.”

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

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