Town gas smell alert

Over 100 calls to re­port leak

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Shirley Bar­tynek

Ur­gent re­pair work was car­ried out in Hamil­ton last Wed­nes­day (Oc­to­ber 31) fol­low­ing a gas leak.

More than 100 calls were logged fol­low­ing a strong smell of gas in the Fern­ie­gair and Hamil­ton town cen­tre ar­eas.

It could be smelt miles from the site in Old Avon Road, Hamil­ton, where gas work­ers were work­ing to re­pair the dam­age.

Many com­muters trav­el­ling to work in Hamil­ton could smell the gas com­ing through the vents in their cars as they drove along Duke Street.

One mo­torist said: “It was re­ally strong and I thought there might have been a prob­lem with my car at first.

“Then the smell fol­lowed through­out the town.”

Dan Brown, a spokesper­son for gas dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany SGN, said last week: “We’re work­ing to ur­gently fix dam­age to our gas net­work in Old Avon Road, Hamil­ton, fol­low­ing re­ports of a smell of gas in the area.

“Our engi­neers have lo­cated the leak and are car­ry­ing out per­ma­nent re­pairs.

“We’ve re­sponded to more than 100 re­ports of a smell of gas in the area so far, and we’re con­tin­u­ing to carry out safety checks across our net­work.

“Any­one who can smell gas should con­tact the na­tional gas emer­gency num­ber on 0800 111 999.”

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