Around 2,500 homes in the Coventry area have been left without
gas after Transco were forced to cut the only supply into the area.
Residents in Bulkington could face over 48 hours without gas after an interruption in
the supply pipe forced Transco to turn them off at around lunchtime yesterday.
The company say they have applied all the necessary resources to combat the problem
quickly and safely and hope to start restoring some services today.
Operations Manager for Transco West Midlands Ian Cartwright assured customers that it
was doing everything in its power to resume service as soon as possible.
"We are not exactly sure what caused the interruption at the moment but we do not
believe it was a gas leak. We are currently focusing all our efforts on restoring gas
supplies for residents of the area and we will look into what caused the problem once that
has been done.
"Unfortunately when there is a problem with a gas supply it is not like water or
electricity, we actually have to visit every home and disconnect them before we commence
work, and then visit again to reconnect them when we have finished, which obviously takes
The company, who are a subsidiary of British Gas, are working in stages and are hoping
to reconnect around 700 of the homes late today, and the remaining ones by the end of
However Cartwright is stressing that there is still a lot to be done.
"Once we have solved the problem with the supply we still have to test all the
pipework," he said. "And then we have to try and arrange access to all the
properties again to turn everybody's supplies back on."