Kirkgate businesses allowed back in their premises after suspected gas leak
Shopkeepers and office workers have now been allowed back into their premises after they were evacuated because of a suspected gas leak.
Gas workers asked for at least five premises to be evacuated from Kirkgate and Queen’s Head Court late this morning, but people were allowed back into their premises after about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Several had placed notices on their doors saying they were closed because of a leak.
Gas workers have been working in the street since the beginning of the week.
Andrew Hind of Sibley’s butchers shop on Kirkgate said: “They have been checking my cellar every day but there’s been no problem. They haven’t stopped working all week. Then at about 12.15 we were told we would have to be evacuated.”
Val Brailsford of the Yvette boutique on Queen’s Head Court said she had not been worried.
“It was just a bit inconvenient because of the loss of sales because Friday is one of our busiest days,” she said.
A Cadent spokesperson said: "Our engineers were called to Kirkgate, Newark, on Monday. We investigated and found a gas escape which we made safe and we have been working to complete repairs in the area.
"Today we found another gas leak which engineers have also made safe. Repairs to the gas main are still underway and this work will continue into the evening.
"Our engineers are doing all they can to complete the work as soon as possible. As a precautionary measure Kirkgate is temporarily closed. We're sorry for any resulting inconvenience and ask drivers to be patient during this evening's peak traffic time and to find an alternative route, if possible."