MORE roadworks for one of Swansea’s major roads have been announced.
Details of a Wales and West Utilities scheme which will see work carried out on a number of roads in the Sanfields and St Helen’s areas of the city — including Mumbles Road and Oystermouth Road — have been revealed.
The work is part of a £1 million programme to upgrade the gas network. However, the news will frustrate road users who have become familiar with the site of traffic cones and tailbacks in Swansea.
Work on phase one of the city’s boulevard project is expected to be completed next month, while Swansea Council hopes phase two — between the Tawe bridges and The Strand — will be finished by the Autumn.
On hearing of the new gas works one commuter told the Post “Swansea is a joke — we’re known as the city of roadworks.”
Wales & West Utilities’ £1m investment programme to upgrade the gas network in the Sandfields and St Helens areas of Swansea to improve services for gas users and support future growth in the city is scheduled to start at the beginning of February.
The 26-week programme of work, which was planned to avoid Christmas, has been discussed and agreed with the council.
Work is due to start on February 3 in Mumbles Road and Oystermouth Road, as well as some associated linking roads. Pipe replacement work will also be carried out on some adjoining roads, starting in Finsbury Terrace and Gorse Lane.
It is part of the company’s 30-year replacement programme , where old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being replaced with durable, non-corroding plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years.
Wales & West Utilities operations manager Nigel Tamplin said: “Although this work will be disruptive in the short term, it will avoid us having to carry out increasing numbers of emergency repairs on the gas mains in these areas, caused by the aging infrastructure.
“We have worked on a design for this scheme that will enable us to minimise traffic disruption on the most major roads and we will also have two teams working on different parts of the scheme throughout to get the job done as quickly as possible.
“This is essential work and we are asking people to please bear with us whilst we upgrade their gas network.”
And if anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.