The price of gas

Paul has sent us two recent photographs of Gordon Road. As you can see, residents are paying the price for being connected to the gas main – their road will be closed for seven weeks for maintenance work.

But, there’s a silver lining. Paul’s photos were taken a couple of days ago, when railway workers were on strike. He writes: “a road closure here is quite glorious, especially with no trains.” The sun and blue sky must have helped.

6 thoughts on “The price of gas

  1. I would guess that this is part of the ongoing work to replace the original iron gas pipes with thick-walled plastic, in the road and the spurs to the households.

    • I’d agree with that, if it hadn’t been for the fact that we got plastic pipes 11 years ago. https://flic.kr/p/9wpG92 Their website says “We’re upgrading our gas network in the Frimley Road area of Camberley. This essential work needs to go ahead now to ensure your local community continues to receive a safe and reliable gas supply”, so whatever they’re doing, we will probably benefit in the long run.

    • The irony is that – depending on your definition – a new gas pipe is the ultimate example of single use plastic. It’s expected to last in the environment for ‘100 years’.

  2. The “all electric” plans are a pipe-dream that they will have to back down about. We won’t be able to produce or store enough electricity. Folks with smart meters will find that they will be remotely turned off due to rationing.

    • Maybe my tongue was in my cheek when I wrote that bit about heat pumps. I accept that we have to tackle CO2 emissions, but HMG grossly under-plays the limitations of heat pump technology.

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