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A 50-metre safety cordon has been set up in a busy part of London following a major gas leak.

Engineers have been working throughout the night in Horseferry Road, at the junction with Regency Place in Pimlico , to find the source.

Met Police , London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are also at the scene.

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We’re going to close our live coverage of the Pimlico gas leak for the evening.

As things stands, residents are still not being allowed into their homes, having spent last night in hotels or the Queen Mother Sports Centre.

Westminster City Council say around 200 people have been affected, but gas suppliers Cadent say the number of people evacuated are in the “tens” and not hundreds.

A 50-metre exclusion cordon is still believed to be in place, while roads remain closed and are expected to stay closed throughout Wednesday.

We’ll be back on Thursday (January 11) to bring you further updates, while a full recap can be read here.

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We’ll leave you with this tweet from one despairing resident...

Advice for residents and businesses affected

The Cadent statement continued:

Those who were evacuated last night, should contact us on 0345 835 1111.

“We will be able to update you on whether you will be able to return home or whether alternative accommodation will be required.

“Local businesses affected by the cordon and who have any questions should call the gas enquiry line on 0345 835 1111.”


Roads to stay closed for the rest of the day

Cadent has release a new statement saying it is “working as quickly as possible to reopen the roads” but that they are expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

Road closures remain

Recap of events so far

Residents and businesses were evacuated following a gas leak in Pimlico on Tuesday evening (January 9), with some forced to stay in a support centre and others put up in hotels.

Cadent Gas engineers have been working through the night to fix the fault and are still at the scene on Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by emergency services.

Roads around the area remain closed and 50-metre cordon put in place by London Fire Brigade is still in place.

More information about the incident can be found here.

A warning from Cadent

A spokesperson says the smell of gas should still be immediately reported:

Anyone who smells gas should ring 0800 111 999 immediately - do not assume the smell is connected to this incident; you may be smelling something unconnected and we would want to check it to be sure.”

Overnight accommodation provided

'200 people affected'

A Westminster City Council spokesperson said:

We are continuing to work with the emergency and utility services to find out the cause of the leak that affected approximately 200 people and ensure it is resolved as quickly as possible.

“A rest centre at the Queen Mother Sports Centre remains open with members of the British Red Cross to offer help to residents affected by the incident.

“Road closures remain in place in the area surrounding Regency Place junction with Horseferry Road while works are taking place.

“As of 9.34am, residents are being let back in to properties with an escort from Cadent Gas to pick up needed urgent properties and medicine while works are being carried out.”


Impact on traffic

This TfL map shows the road affected and the impact the closures are having on traffic in the area
This TfL map shows the road affected and the impact the closures are having on traffic in the area (Image: TfL)

TfL tweet

'Avoid the area'

Just an hour ago Westminster Police was advising members of the public and motorists to avoid the area

Emergency accommodation

Some residents were left without a roof over their heads after being evacuated. Here’s advice given by Westminster City Council on Tuesday night

Emergency supplies

Westminster City Council says evacuated residents are being allowed back int their properties to pick up emergency supplies

Images from the scene

Cordon in place

London Fire Brigade says it was called to the scene at 7.07pm on Tuesday evening (January 9).

It set up a 50-metre road block and evacuated businesses as a precaution.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were initially called to the scene and two fire engines remain there on Wednesday morning (January 10).

Properties evacuated

A spokesperson for Cadent said:

As a precaution, a number of properties in Maunsel Street and Regency Place have been evacuated. We have found residents alternative overnight accommodation in hotels.

“We are working as fast as we can to safely find the source of this escape and fix it.”

Major gas leak

Engineers are working to fix a major gas leak which has closed Horseferry Road at the junction of Regency Place, Pimlico.

Gas distribution company Cadent says it is working with emergency services to repair the fault as quickly as possible.