Road closed after gas leak

PUBLISHED: 08:32 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 15 November 2017

There are big delays on roads entering Bristol.

There are big delays on roads entering Bristol.

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A main road has been closed after a gas leak in Somerset this morning (Wednesday).

Fire crews and emergency engineers are tackling a gas leak under the B3151 Cheddar Road – which links Cheddar and Wedmore – in Clewer.

Police informed Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service of ruptured gas main at 5.27am.

The AA reports a 3.4mile stretch of the road is closed ‘both ways between Hythe Lane and The Borough’.

The road is expected to be closed for the rest of the day, according to Travel Somerset.

A fire service spokesman said: “The fire service was informed by the police of a suspected gas leak under the main road through Clewer.

“Upon arrival, one crew from Cheddar and one from Wells confirmed a ruptured gas main.

“A cordon has been implemented, a small-scale evacuation has been undertaken and fire service personnel are working with emergency gas engineers to make the area safe.

“This incident is ongoing, further details are to follow.”

UPDATE 1.30pm

Nick Sealy, Wales and West Utilities gas emergency services manager for Cheddar said: “We were alerted to reports of a smell of gas in the Lower New Road area of Cheddar this morning and immediately sent an engineer to the scene.

“On arrival, we found a leak on a gas pipe running beneath Lower New Road and began work to make a repair.

“As a precaution and to keep pedestrians and our colleagues safe while we work, the emergency services have closed Lower New Road at its junction with Wedmore Road. All diversion routes are clearly signposted.

“This is a complex job, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect to complete the repair work and reopen Lower New Road by the end of the day.”

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