GAS works are set to start in Falmouth this week, with delays expected for nearly three months.

Wales & West Utilities will be carrying out a £94,000 project to upgrade more than one kilometre of gas pipes in Melvill Road, which is part of the main A39, and Gyllyngvase Road.

The work is due to begin on Monday, September 30, and temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Project manager Roxanne Whittaker said: “Most of the gas network is underground and out of sight but it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Falmouth and the surrounding areas.

"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.

“We know that working on roads like these is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future."

Wales & West said the work would ensure gas is kept flowing to heat homes and power businesses in the area. Barring any engineering difficulties, it is expected to be completed by December 20.

The company said it had worked with Cornwall Council and Highways England to minimise disruption.

All businesses in the area will be open as usual, but there will be rolling traffic lights in operation throughout the work.