London firefighters evacuate railway station for gas leak
The fire brigade said the disruption was caused by "high levels of natural gas coming off of a ruptured gas main"
LONDON — Firefighters have closed Charing Cross railway station in central London and evacuated the surrounding area after the discovery of a natural gas leak.
Authorities asked people to stay away from the Strand area, near Trafalgar Square, after some 1,450 people were evacuated from hotels and businesses early Tuesday. The Metropolitan Police Service says the disruption is expected to last "some time," and roads in the area remain closed.
The fire brigade says the disruption was caused by "high levels of natural gas coming off of a ruptured gas main in Craven Street."
It is the second time in recent weeks that a gas leak has caused disruption in central London. Another incident took place in Westminster on Jan. 9.
A large cordon is in place in Central London because of a gas leak...— BBC London Travel (@BBCTravelAlert) January 23, 2018
⛔️ The Strand and Northumberland Avenue are closed
🚫 No trains running in/out of Charing Cross and Waterloo East [ro] pic.twitter.com/85DyR1iO9W
We continue to assist gas engineers and other partner agencies at the scene of a gas leak on #Strand. Two fire engines and two fire rescue units remain at the scene standing by https://t.co/BstLLR9N7Q pic.twitter.com/YH3kq5qThA— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 23, 2018