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Second major gas leak in a week

More than one thousand forced to leave nightclub in middle of night

26 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The scene in Craven Street on Monday 

HUNDREDS of people were evacuated because of a gas leak for the second week in a row in Westminster.

Charing Cross station was shut down following a leak in Craven Street that saw 1,450 people forced out of Heaven nightclub around 2am on Monday.

Office workers and hotel visitors were evacuated throughout the morning as gas levels were said to be “extremely high”. The ruptured main was fixed in the afternoon according to the gas company Cadent which had apologised last week after hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Pimlico.

A respite centre was set up in Royal Horseguards Hotel, Whitehall Court.

Cadent Gas is the country’s biggest supplier of gas, formerly part of the National Grid plc, which has corporate offices in the Strand, not far from the scene of the latest leak.

On Monday Cadent said: “Engineers are working to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible and we hope to have the stations and streets open by late morning. A repair on the gas pipe has been completed. We are now checking the closest properties to ensure there is no gas in these buildings.”

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