TRAFFIC congestion in a busy part of Newquay has eased following the completion of essential works.

Wales & West Utilities has finished the first phase of work to upgrade gas pipes in the Treninnick Hill area.

The work, which involved upgrading over 500 metres of gas pipes, started at the beginning of the year and was essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses.

Wales & West Utilities worked closely with Cornwall Council to plan the work which included traffic management in the area. 

Traffic queues built up during busy periods whilst the work was being undertaken, especially during drop off and pick up times at the nearby Bishops’ C of E Learning Academy.

The works compounded the misery for many motorists as it was carried out at the same time as a two-way traffic light system is in place on the A392 as part of the Walker and Treveth developments at Trevithick Manor Farm.

Works were previously completed at Treninnick Hill in August to improve the road layout opposite Bishops, which included installing a new school crossing point.

 A further phase of work to upgrade 400 metres of pipes along Treloggan Road will be completed next year, during the winter months.

Jason Gale from Wales & West Utilities, who managed the gas pipe upgrade work, said: “We’re happy to have finished this latest section of work and want to thank everyone who lives and works in the area for bearing with us while we completed this essential work.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Cornwall. 

“Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“This work was essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”