A major project to replace old gas mains in Wiltshire has been announced and will cause multiple road closures.

Wales & West Utilities will be replacing gas mains in Limpley Stoke with modern piping from Tuesday, January 2, 2024, and works are expected to continue until May 2024.

This will cause significant disruptions to motorists and residents in the area trying to get to and from Freshford, as four different roads are expected to close at various points within those five months.

These closures will put more pressure on the busy Warminster Road, which could cause delays.

“We’re investing £275,000 to replace current metal pipes with long-lasting plastic pipes, fit for a sustainable future,” said a spokesperson for Wales & West Utilities.

“Our work will start on January 2 and barring any engineering difficulties, we expect to be finished in May.

“We know our work can be disruptive, so we have worked closely with Wiltshire Council to plan the work and keep disruption to a minimum.

“Traffic management will be in place and our work will be carried out in phases,” they added.

Here’s all of the road closures and dates that you need to be aware of:

Wiltshire Times: Upcoming road closures affecting Limpley Stoke.Upcoming road closures affecting Limpley Stoke. (Image: Google Maps)

Lower Stoke - January 2 to January 26

The stretch of Lower Stoke road between Winsley Hill and Woods Hill will be closed for just under four weeks in the new year.

Lower Stoke/Crowe Hill - January 27 to March 8

On January 27, the road closure will then move to the stretch of road between Woods Hill and outside 7 Crowe Hill. This stretch of road will be closed for just under six weeks.

Crowe Hill - March 9 to April 19

In March, Crowe Hill will be closed from outside number 7 to the junction of Cliffe Drive. This will last for six weeks.

Woods Hill - April 22 to May 24

The entirety of Woods Hill (which is no longer a through route for motorists) will be closed for a month.

Wales & West Utilities have reassured that all local businesses will be open as usual, and they will accommodate trade deliveries where possible.

Alternative access will also be put in place for residents who live on the roads that will be affected.

For more information about the disruption, local residents can attend their drop-in event at Limpley Stoke Hotel between 9.30am and 5.30pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.