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Engineers from Northern Gas Networks are carrying out emergency work to repair a gas escape on South Street in Durham.

In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to close South Street, with diversions put in place to help manage the flow of traffic. Access has been maintained for residents via Crossgate, North Road and Milburngate.

Andy Coates, Network Officer, Northern Gas Networks said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and reassure members of the public that we are doing all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.

“If you have any concerns, you can contact the Northern Gas Networks Customer Care team on 0845 634 0508, option 7.”

Anyone who smells gas should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.