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Final 300 Homes to be Reconnected to Gas Supply
Posted Monday, 21 November 2016 at 12:23



National Grid briefed me this morning about the final work to restore gas supplies in Ampthill, Clophill and Maulden.

There are now only 300 houses left that have not been reconnected. All those homes have been visited but engineers were unable to gain access, they will keep trying over the rest of today.

Nobody should try to reconnect their homes to the gas network themselves. If you have to be out then please call National Grid on 0845 835 1111 to arrange for an engineer to visit when you get home.
 
 
Press Release: Ampthill Gas Main
Posted Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 14:17

I've issued the following press release about the gas main shut off in Ampthill and surrounding villages.

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, will be visiting the National Grid command centre in Maulden on Friday 18th November following the incident that left 6,000 homes in the constituency without gas supply.

Having consulted National Grid to ensure her visit causes no disruption of reconnection efforts, Nadine will meet the engineers in charge of the operation and receive a full briefing on how reconnection work is progressing.

Speaking from Westminster, where Nadine has been kept abreast of developments over the course of the week, Nadine said, “I know many of my constituents have been put to serious inconvenience by the disruption to their gas supply this week. I have been impressed by the efficiency of National Grid’s response.

“The first priority is safely and swiftly restoring supply to those that have been cut off. This will happen quicker if we work together as a community to help the engineers gain access to homes. Afterwards we can begin to look at what went wrong and consider what further steps need to be taken.”

 
 
Gas Main Latest
Posted Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 08:47

As many of my constituents will know, a major operation is underway to restore gas supplies to 6,000 properties to Ampthill, Clophill and Maulden after builders damaged a gas main on Tuesday.

National Grid has drafted in engineers from across the country. Engineering work to repair the pipe is well under way, with engineers working late into last night to fix the damaged pipe.

Gas must be turned off at the meter of every property before gas can be pumped back into the gas network and supplies restored.

National Grid has visited over 3,100 properties to turn off gas supplies. Of those, they not been able to yet get access to 400 homes.

If at all possible, please arrange for someone to be at home so National Grid engineers can switch you off. The sooner they are able to switch everybody off the sooner they can restore supplies.

If it just isn’t possible for someone to be in during the day, call
0845 835 1111 to make arrangements for access.

Once the repair has been made and gas is back in the mains, a second visit will be made to turn on the supply to each property and make sure it is flowing safely.

 
 
Gas Main Update
Posted Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 15:59

The ongoing problem with the gas main has resulted in a loss of gas supply to 6,000 homes in Ampthill, Maulden and Clophill.

Engineers have been turning supplies off in Clophill, Maulden and then Ampthill. If possible, please arrange for someone to be at home so they can switch your supply off.

I want to remind everyone that you should ask National Grid staff to show official identification before you let them into your house. All staff carry official identity cards, for more information and to verify an engineer’s identity call 0845 835 1111.

An incident room has been set up in Maulden Village Hall where people can find out more information.

Electricity distribution company UK Power Networks are asking residents to avoid using their electric heaters continuously while their gas is off in order to help prevent the local electricity network from becoming overloaded.

I'm being kept updated and will pass on any further information when I have it.
 
 
Gas Main Shut Off in Ampthill
Posted Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 11:57

There is an ongoing problem with the gas main in the Ampthill area of Mid-Beds. This has left many of my constituents without gas since last night.

I’ve been in touch with the National Grid who have given me a briefing. Their engineers are on site and working to fix the leak and restore supply.

However this is a big job, it will take some time and there will be some disruption in the area.

To safely restore gas supplies, National Grid engineers will need to visit every affected property and switch the gas supply off at the meter. Engineers have already begun switching people off and this operation will continue throughout today. 

To assist them, they are advising that someone be at home so they can switch the supply off. The sooner they are able to switch everyone off, the sooner they will be able to restore supplies. 

Once the repair has been made and gas is back in the mains, a second visit will be made to turn on the supply to each property and make sure it is flowing safely.

Finally, National Grid are liaising with the local council to ensure elderly and other vulnerable residents are being identified and cared for.

If you know of an elderly or vulnerable resident, please contact National Grid on 
0845 835 1111, so they can provide whatever help is needed.

 
 
 
 
 

 
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