Morriston gas pipe replacement work brought forward in wake of home explosion incident

According to the utility, work on Clydach Road and Field Close has been brought forward to provide additional confirmation of the reliability of gas supplies in the area following an incident at a Clydach Road property last week.

The work, which begins today (March 22), is part of a broader 30-year program to replace metal gas pipes with new plastic alternatives.

Adam Smith of Wales & West Utilities is leading this work and explains: “As the Gas Emergency Service, we have been working with the emergency services and others to keep the area safe while investigations continue to determine the cause.

“Since the incident in the Morriston area last week, we are conducting full and extensive checks to ensure our network is not damaged by the blast and our teams remain on site to closely monitor everything.

“The incident and recovery efforts have caused significant damage to the road surface at the junction of Field Close and Clydach Road and as such it makes sense that we complete our planned work now rather than disrupting the local community again at a later date.

“We understand how much the local community has been through and it is important that disruption is also kept to a minimum. We expect the work to be completed in 8 weeks.”

Wales & West Utilities say they are working with Swansea Council’s Highways team to coordinate the work.

Adam continued: “We have a team on site to support the local community and we will be visiting residents in the area to give everyone a full update on the work. This also gives residents a chance to ask any questions they have about the work and how it is affecting them.”

An appeal has been launched to support households affected by the devastating blast in Morriston last week that tragically killed 68-year-old Brian Davies.

(Main image: Swansea Council)

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