WWU assist Network Rail in electrification programme

Gas distributor Wales and West Utilities (WWU) is working with Network Rail to divert gas pipes disrupted by rail works as tracks between Swindon and Swansea are electrified in a £2.8 billion rail modernisation programme.

WWU assist Network Rail in electrification programme

The electrification programme in the South West and Wales requires a large number of bridges, which have gas pipes installed on or near them, to be replaced or altered.

WWU is diverting the gas supply from the affected pipes so that the works can take place safely and efficiently without disrupting the gas provision to its customers.

WWU director of operations Andrew Hopkins said: “This is a huge, essential investment programme for Network Rail.

“To date we have fully completed work at three locations in Wales – Windsor Road Bridge in Cardiff and Newport’s Cardiff Road and Somerton Road. We will continue to work closely with Network Rail as required.”

Gas works are also underway at four other bridge locations across its operating area in Royal Wooten Basset, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff.

The railway modernisation programme is slated to cut journey times by 20 minutes on journeys between London, Bristol and South Wales. The electrification will also reduce maintenance costs as the rolling stock will no longer require diesel fuel.


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