New mains for old: summer gas pipe renewal for Compton Road, Wolverhampton

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  • Section of Compton Road, Wolverhampton, closed for two weeks
  • Work will keep gas flowing to businesses and homes until the end of the century
  • Project is part of a £65 million investment in the West Midlands gas network this year
Next Monday (31 July) heralds the start of a two-week gas mains upgrade in Compton Road, Wolverhampton.

Local gas network Cadent will be replacing ageing iron mains with tough, new plastic pipes that will last at least 80 years.

It is part of a package of work taking place across the city to future-proof Wolverhampton’s gas network until the end of the century. Cadent is planning to install 11kms of new gas pipes this year alone.

To carry out the work safely Compton Road will be closed between Crawford Street and Hartley Street. To avoid the low bridge in Bridgnorth Road, HGVs and vehicles over 15 feet (4.4 metres) tall will be diverted via the A41 Tettenhall Road and B4161Henwood Road and vice versa.

Vehicles under 15 feet (4.4 metres tall) can follow the diversion from Chapel Ash via Merridale Road, Bradmore Road, Broad Lane, Finchfield Road West, and Finchfield Hill and vice versa.
The bus stops close to our works will be temporarily suspended. Further information on bus routes and stops will be available from local bus service providers.
Steve Murray, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands region, said: “Our job is to keep the energy flowing. We’re renewing these gas pipes so people can heat their homes, cook their meals and power their businesses for years to come.

“We have scheduled this work for the summer holidays to minimise disruption to the traffic network and we will complete the work as soon as we can. We would urge people to bear with us while we carry out this essential project.”

This project is part of Cadent’s £65 million programme to renew 370kms of gas pipes in the West Midlands this year, ensuring gas supplies continue to reach 2 million homes and businesses in the region.

All Cadent engineers carry official identity cards, which people should ask to see before allowing them on their property. To verify an engineer’s identity or for any enquiries about the project people should contact Cadent customer services team on 0161 703 1000.

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