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Six days of road misery after gas leak in Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 13:28 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 20 November 2018

Valingers road is closed due to main gas works. Photo: Emily Prince

Valingers road is closed due to main gas works. Photo: Emily Prince

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Drivers are facing six days of aggravation in King’s Lynn because of a gas leak that has closed one of the town’s major roads.

Valingers road is closed due to main gas works. Photo: Emily PrinceValingers road is closed due to main gas works. Photo: Emily Prince

The leak on London Road is set to cause tailbacks in and out of the town until Monday.

Diversions are in place on the busy road at the junction with Valingers Road, with Cadent Gas carrying out emergency gas main work to maintain “safe and reliable” supplies.

No houses or businesses have been affected by the gas leak, but there are fears the road closure could hit businesses.

Valingers road will be closed for six days due to main gas works. Photo: Emily PrinceValingers road will be closed for six days due to main gas works. Photo: Emily Prince

Vilma Pietryte, whose husband owns ZP & VP Butchers on London Road, said: “It is very bad for business. Our customers are coming to us in cars and we have deliveries that need to get here. It will lose us business and lose us money.”

An employee from Favorit Motor Company, who did not want to be named, said: “Nothing has been affected as yet, but we shall see.”

Daryle Taylor, manager at Andrew Francis funeral directors, said: “We aren’t affected as we have access to the back road at the back of the building.

London Road is partially closed and diversions in place due to main gas works. Photo: Emily PrinceLondon Road is partially closed and diversions in place due to main gas works. Photo: Emily Prince

“Cadent did come in yesterday and say they were digging up the road and if it would cause us any inconvenience and if it would they asked what they could do to accommodate that, but it won’t affect us.”

A spokesman for Cadent Gas Company said: “We are currently carrying out essential work in King’s Lynn in London Road at the junction with Valingers Road to repair a gas escape.

“This work must be carried out to help ensure local people remain connected to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and will do all we can to complete this work as soon as possible.”

ZP & VP butcher shop says the closures will be very bad for business. Photo: Emily PrinceZP & VP butcher shop says the closures will be very bad for business. Photo: Emily Prince

A lane on London Road will be shut as drivers approach the junction from Southgates Roundabout, with delays likely both coming in and out of the town, especially at rush hour.

Part of London Road and Valingers Road will also be closed whilst the repairs are taking place.

More diversions are set to be in place for motorists heading towards the Southgates Roundabout, taking them down Valingers Road onto Friar Street then to the Southgates Roundabout before rejoining London Road.

The closures wont affect Andrew Francis funeral directors as they have back road access. Photo: Emily PrinceThe closures wont affect Andrew Francis funeral directors as they have back road access. Photo: Emily Prince

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