Busy street evacuated after major gas leak in Scots city

Dozens of residents in central Edinburgh have been evacuated by emergency workers after a gas leak.

The incident affected properties at the intersection of the city’s Lady Lawson Street and West Port.

West Harbor in Edinburgh


West Harbor in Edinburgh

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) confirmed the evacuations took place at around 6pm today to allow their teams to investigate.

An SGN spokesman said: “We have an ongoing gas leak at the West Port in Edinburgh.

“To ensure the safety of our engineers and the public while we carry out our investigations, a road closure has been put in place.

“Around 45 apartments were evacuated.

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“We regret the disruption this has caused.”

It is understood three Scottish Fire and Rescue Service vehicles were also present.

A Scottish Police spokesman confirmed there were no injuries. They said: “There will be a number of road closures as emergency services respond to a gas leak in Edinburgh city center.”

“West Port, Bread Street and Lady Lawson Street are all affected and motorists are asked to avoid the area.”

“No one was injured, affected residents were evacuated as a precaution and a cordon was set up.”

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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