Upgrading the gas network 

We are upgrading the gas network, in Southend Road, Wickford, over the next 46 weeks to ensure the network is ready to carry low-carbon gas, like hydrogen, which is essential for the UK to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050.

We are replacing 2.5 km of the old metallic pipes, with new more durable plastic pipes in the area, we will ensure a safe and reliable gas supply for the future.  The new durable plastic pipes are expected to last over eighty years and will help reduce the amount of unplanned work to repair ageing gas pipes in the future.

What are we doing?

We will be replacing 2.5 km of metal gas pipes, in Spinney Close, Hill Avenue, Mount Road and Southend Road, Wickford over the next 46 weeks, starting from 10th April 2023.

We will be completing the work in phases, smaller sections at a time, to enable us to reduce the disruption to road users and the communities.

Residents will be kept informed of the different phases regarding traffic management and if their gas supply will be temporarily impacted at the beginning of each phase. We will also be lettering/leafleting residents along the effected roads to ensure they are informed before any work starts.

We are pleased to be working closely with local Essex County Councillors to help us look at the needs of the community.

We are sorry for the disruption this may cause.  Please be assured any excavations we make will be reinstated on a like for like basis once our engineering work is complete. Any reinstatement is also guaranteed for a period of two years.