North Road closed over gas leak fears

The town centre entrance to North Road
The town centre entrance to North Road

A MAJOR town centre road remained closed yesterday following reports of a gas leak last Friday (April 8).

Emergency repairs were still being carried out along North Road by North West Gas Alliance engineers and motorists were warned to steer clear of the section of road between Crab Street and the Landings roundabout.

The “nightmare” situation has caused havoc for motorists - who already face a two-week temporary one way system along nearby Duke Street - and local businesses alike.

Keith Hyland, of Barry and Keith Hyland mortgage brokers, on North Road, said: “Our business has definitely been affected by this and footfall in the area is down. We’ve even had people coming in to our office to ask for directions, but we don’t know where to send them because of roadworks on Duke Street and the side streets too.

“It’s an inconvenience. We’ve only just had new flooring put in in our office and have had dust being blown inside and a big wagon parked outside for half a day, which is not ideal.

“It’s affected both passing trade and people that have appointments and want to get to see us.’

A worker at nearby A and H Chiropody said: “A lot of our elderly customers come in taxis and the taxis have not been able to park up outside because of the big holes in the road.

“We’ve had a few complaints from people saying what a nightmare the situation is but, as a business, we’ve been very lucky so far because we’ve not had anybody fail to turn up.”

Engineers were working throughout yesterday in a bid to re-open the road as soon as possible - once work is complete and it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, drivers were urged to avoid that part of the town’s road network and use alternative routes.

No one from North West Gas Alliance was available for comment.