Months of High Street parking bans are announced for Honiton while underground gas pipes are upgraded

Parking bans lasting more than two months have been announced for parts of Honiton High Street while gas pipe upgrade work takes place.

Wales & West Utilities said work to upgrade gas pipes in the High Street area of Honiton starts on Monday, February 5 and is expected to finish at the end of April.

On-street parking bans will be in place while more than 550 metres of gas pipe upgrade work takes place, in a bid to bring to greener fuel to the town.

The utilities company said a second phase of gas pipe upgrade work has been planned for Honiton in 2025.

A Wales & West Utilities spokeswoman said: “The first phase of work will begin on 5 February and, barring any engineering difficulties, will finish by the end of April.

“This first phase involves upgrading over 550 metres of gas pipes and is essential to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably to local homes and businesses, keeping people warm for generations to come.

“A second phase of work is currently planned for next year.”

The spokeswoman added: “To plan the work Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Devon County Council and it has been agreed that parking suspensions along High Street will be in place as the works progress.”

Roxanne Whittaker, from Wales & West Utilities, who is managing the project, said the work was ‘essential’ to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses. She said the upgrade would ensure the network was ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane in the future.

She 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.”

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