Thirty families taken to safety after gas leak in East Tilbury

1845 hrs

THIRTY families were removed from their homes in East Tilbury after a gas main was hit by a vehicle, causing a gas leak.

Princess Margaret Road was temporarily closed, with residents in approximately eight houses on each side of the road evacuated as a precaution while the gas board carried out emergency repair works.

A rest centre for the families was briefly set up at the nearby Gateway Academy, before the gas board completed repairs at around 6.30pm and allowed residents to return to their properties.

East Tilbury train station was unaffected by the evacuation, with the cordon extending from the area between a nearby public house and ending well before the railway crossing.

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THIRTY families have had to leave their homes in East Tilbury after a gas main was hit by a vehicle, causing a gas leak.

Princess Margaret Road has also been closed, with residents in approximately 15 houses evacuated as a precaution while the gas board carry out repair works.

A rest centre for the families has been set up at the nearby Gateway Academy at:

Marshfoot Road,
Tilbury/Chadwell-St-Mary,
Essex,
RM16 4LU

Transport to the centre is being arranged by the Highways Department.

East Tilbury train station is unaffected by the evacuation, with the cordoned area extending from a nearby public house and ending further up the road.

Please avoid the area.

*** This incident is ongoing. Further updates will follow. ***

1630 hrs

ESSEX Fire Service are currently assisting at a gas leak incident in East Tilbury.

Princess Margaret Road has been closed and residents have been temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

The gas board are on their way.

More follows.

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