MAJOR works on gas pipes in Ellesmere will see roadworks in the town centre for a month, it has been revealed.
Cross Street, Scotland Street and Market Street will be dug up by Wales and West Utilities next month to replace gas pipes underneath.
The work is expected to begin on January 6, 2014, as part of a £100,000 investment programme by the company.
Road closures will be in place on Cross Street from January 6 until January 20; on Market Street between January 20 and February 2; and Scotland Street (from Cross Street to the junction of Wharf Road) between January 20 and February 2.
Peter Hughes, Wales and West Utilities project manager for the scheme, said: “We know that working in busy towns is disruptive for local people and visitors and we have done our best to plan a gas mains replacement scheme for Ellesmere that will limit this inconvenience as much as possible.
“For local traders, it will be business as usual while we are on site and we will put up signs to clearly show this.”
Lincoln McMullan, chairman of the Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce, said: “The work is essential so we really have no choice with this.
“I am sure people would complain a lot more if there was a gas explosion in the town.
“I hope it won’t interfere with the shops and people can still park in car parks and walk into the town as the pavements will be fine.
“It will affect people wanting to drive through the town down Scotland Street but they can just go around.
“I would like it not to happen but it is one of those things where we need it to be done.”
As part of the programme, 200 metres of plastic pipe with an 80-year lifespan will be laid in a bid to improve gas services for users in Ellesmere.
It will replace old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings as part of the scheme being carried out across Wales and the South West.