21st century gas mains upgrade for historic Much Wenlock

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  • Ageing gas mains in Much Wenlock set for an update
  • Temporary traffic lights to keep the public safe
  • New pipe will keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses until the next century
 Historic Much Wenlock may be famed for its beautiful Medieval and Tudor buildings but underground its gas pipes are set for a 21st century facelift that will keep residents warm and safe for decades to come.

In a five-week project, starting on Monday (27 July), Shropshire gas distributor Cadent will install new gas mains in A4169 Farley Road, from The Crescent to the William Brookes School.

The existing iron mains will be replaced with tough new plastic pipes that will last for at least 80 years.
The work will be carried out in three phases:

During phase one, rolling, temporary traffic lights will move up Farley Road towards the school as work progresses.

During phase two there will be temporary traffic lights in the road and at the turning into the Lady Forester Nursing Home.

Phase three will see engineers complete final works further down Farley Road.

Craig Horrocks, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in Shropshire and across the West Midlands, said: “With some 60% of Much Wenlock residents relying on gas to heat their homes, it is important that we replace ageing pipes and give people a safe and reliable gas supply.

“This project is part of a £65 million investment Cadent is making in updating gas pipes across Shropshire and the West Midlands. To keep colleagues and motorists safe we will need temporary traffic lights and we would ask people to bear with us while we complete this work.

“The safety of the public and colleagues is at the heart of what we do. Engineers work to the latest government guidance on Covid-19 and are taking extra safety precautions as required.”

If anyone has any questions about this work, they should contact the customer service team on 0161 703 1010 / 1110.


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