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Retail park evacuated after JCB ruptures gas main in Linwood

Engineers are working to repair a gas leak after a JCB ruptured a mains pipe in Linwood, forcing the evacuation of nearby businesses.

Gas has been escaping into the air after the pipe was struck on Linwood Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) said there was no danger to the public but repairs were likely to last overnight and into the morning rush hour.

Police diversions have been put in place while the work continues.

SGN said the medium pressure mains pipe had been made safe but gas would still be escaping during the work.

'No threat'

The initial alert forced the evacuation of premises on the nearby Phoenix Retail Park.

A police spokesman said: "Strathclyde Police would like to reassure local residents in the area that there is no immediate threat to safety, and to advise them that as a precaution several roads in the area are closed and all retail outlets in the park have been evacuated, as the pipe is being repaired by Scotland Gas Networks.

"It is anticipated that roads which are currently closed will remain closed until at least lunchtime on Thursday 1 November 2012."

The A761 Linwood Road has been closed in both directions between the A737 junction and the Barskiven Road junction.

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