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    Trafalgar Square gas mains repair

    17 July 2023

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    At one of London’s most iconic sites, gas distribution company Cadent, has a project to repair a number of gas escapes on the roundabout at Trafalgar Square.

    Only one excavation has had to be dug to complete the repair. This week, a robot camera will be put into the main and thread through two 24" low pressure gas pipes.

    Once a fault has been located, the robot will spray a sealant onto the inside of the gas pipe to complete the repair and stop any further gas escapes.

    The robot will enter the gas pipe at a point where two pipes meet in Trafalgar Square. The robot will investigate the pipes 125metres in each direction from this single point, along the Strand, Pall Mall and Whitehall. All from one excavation.

    George Blatchford, repair engineering apprentice explained, "The beauty of this technology is that we only have to use one small excavation, to carry out the investigation and repair work, not long excavations exposing all of the pipes.

    "Another benefit of this type of repair is that we don't have to disrupt any gas supplies. All this work can be carried out whilst the gas is still in the gas pipes."

    “Last week engineers were preparing the pipes and this week the robot will be put in the pipes to complete the repair."

    Cadent is also working with the local authority, so their contractor can complete some repair on to the road surface at the same time. Working together we can avoid further disruption to traffic in the future.

    George continued, "It’s not only about keeping the gas flowing but keeping the traffic moving too, keeping any disruption to a minimum."

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