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By Gary Smee Friday 15 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 11:16
TRADERS in Pershore are reassuring shoppers it will be business as usual when work to replace gas mains gets underway next week.
Roadworks stretching from Gas Alley to the Head Street junction on High Street start on Monday (February 18) and could be in place for up to six weeks.
There will also be three-way temporary traffic lights at the junctions of Priest Lane and Head Street.
The scheme is to replace 145 metres of old iron gas mains with a new durable plastic pipe as part of Wales & West Utilities' multi-million pound replacement programme across the region.
The company says the work is essential to maintain gas supplies to homes and businesses in the town as the new non-corroding pipes will have a lifespan of more than 80 years.
As a way of saying thank you to people for putting up with the disruption Pershore Market Town Partnership and Wychavon District Council are giving away a £250 prize to two lucky Pershore Pride Loyalty Card holders in February and March.
This is ten times the amount of the normal monthly give away.
Michael Amies, Pershore Market Town Partnership chairman, said he hoped the cash prizes would be a big incentive for shoppers to continue to show their loyalty to the town.
"The work has to be done, but we hope that this will help to persuade local people to make the best of it, ignore the worst of it, go on shopping in Pershore and enjoy their winnings."
Anyone who would like more information on the work or has concerns can call Wales & West Utilities on 02920 270653. Wychavon District Council will also be providing weekly updates at www.wychavon.gov.uk.
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