Hi Richard I live in one of 3 flats and about 3 or 4 years ago we had gas
put in by Transco and I think they charged us about £650.00 total for the
whole job, they moled the pipe under the tarmac drive and put up 3 outside
meters and boxes, the run from the path by the road to the last meter is
about 30 meters, sounds a bit on the pricey side but what else can you
I suspect that they have you by the short and curlies, and know it.
Wonder if they're pricing up the job for one supply - new pipework + supply
connection - and then simply multiplying the figure by 5.
In that case, it would be interesting to get the quote for supply of a
single connection, and then enquiring separately about the cost for
additional connections, given the starting circumstance where that single
connection would be up and running.
In that way, and treating each connection separately, you might not appear
to them to be a commercial developer, whatever the reality of the situation
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
The poor guy sounds meteorically upset about being monkeyed about with
the price of this metric supply. I might feel the same way mate, and
might mention madly meting out some suitable, erm.... cant think of
the word. :)
I'd consider asking for a price for just connecting one though, and
not even mention the others till that one's done. Then go back for
price 2. May or may not win though.
On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 19:43:44 +0100, Richard Faulkner
Transco is not a public company. It is a private company which has to
charge commercial rates for its services and is regulated by Ofgem in
certain areas of its' work. As you say,other Public gas transporters
can carry out this work (PGT's) so Transco do not have a monopoly on
We cannot just quantify the work required and/or technical difficulty
of a job purely by the length of pipe from A to B. If they are
charging that amount them maybe they have good reason to justify it.
Perhaps you should make the flats all electric?.
How can the same job go from £2000 to £5000 in 2 yrs 7 months. Have
wages gone up by 150%? have materials gone up by 150%? has the job
changed? I know that the answers are No, No & No!!
Unless I can find another supplier and I cant easily, (having made
several calls, it seems that they dont want a job this small), Transco
have me by the short and curlies and they seem to know it.
I mentioned the Ofgem report which suggested that they are conscious of
this, but it seems that it will take years of consultation and further
reports before they are forced to force the issue.
Electric is not an option. A gas central heated flat has a big edge over
an all electric one - and the systems are in.
Ultimately, if I have no choice, I will pay the price. I just cant get
over the fact that we are sold the idea of a competitive market,
regulated by Ofgem, and it is b$%%^&ks.
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