Investigation under-way after Fenland town is hit by multiple gas leaks
Gas company Cadent has launched an investigation following a series of gas leaks across March this week.
Contractors were out in force dealing with a variety of leaks that hit the Hundred Road and Robingoodfellows Lane areas as well as other streets including Wisbech and Dartford Roads on Wednesday.
And while they continued to carry out repairs in those areas, they were called again overnight (Thursday into Friday) to a further leak, this time in Broad Street, which has seen one side of the vital town road closed to traffic on the Boots Chemist side, leading to traffic chaos.
A Cadent spokesperson said: "We received a call regarding a smell of gas on Broad Street last night and engineers have been on site since completing the repair. We are hoping all works will be completed for the weekend.
Residents were evacuated from the Hundred Road area on Wednesday when the road started to buckle and there was a strong smell of gas.
As workers carried out repairs in that area further reports of three other leaks came in leaving large parts of March closed to traffic for several hours.
Residents across the town were advised to keep doors and windows closed while the leaks were repaired and the roads were finally reopened at around 5pm, but contractors remained on site to complete the work.
The spokesperson said: "We received over 140 calls reporting a smell of gas from residents of March. Due to the volume of calls engineers from across East Anglia and the East Midlands were drafted into the area to assist.
"The cause of the gas escapes are unknown at this time. Our priority was to stop the gas escapes, repair the pipes and ensure we visited every reported smell of gas in March as soon as possible.
"We will remain in March for the next few days to give reassurance to residents, complete some safety checks and investigate the cause of the escapes."
Separately, we received a call regarding a smell of gas on Broad Street last night and engineers have been on site since completing the repair. We are hoping all works will be completed for the weekend.
Anyone who smells gas is asked to call Cadent Gas on 0800 111 999.