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Engineers from Northern Gas Networks are continuing to carry out repair work on a fractured gas main in Chester-le-Street.

In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to close the A167 in both directions between the Ropery Lane roundabout and A1M Jct 63 roundabout. Signed diversions have been put in place.

Northern Gas Networks Emergency Officer, Barry Brightman apologised for any inconvenience experienced while the essential gas works are carried out.

He said: “We’d like to apologise to motorists and will endeavour to reopen the road as soon as possible. Safety is our number one priority and we’d like to thank the public for their cooperation.”

“If you smell gas you should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 immediately, your call will be answered at any time of day or night and an engineer will be sent out to assess the situation promptly.”