Traffic chaos resolved after gas leak road is reopened

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A weekend of serious traffic disruption has come to an end following the reopening of two busy Forfar roads on Monday evening.

Sections of South Street and Academy Street were shut after a smell of gas was reported to the National Gas Emergency phone line by a resident on Friday.

Scotia Gas Networks were able to locate the source of the leak at the roundabout junction between the two roads.

The roads were closed so as to allow engineers to work on the roundabout and solve the problem.

And the roads were reopened on Monday evening after the problem was fixed.

A spokesperson from Scotia Gas Networks said: “A member of the public did the right thing and called the National Gas Emergency number, 0800 111 999, last week to report a smell of gas in Academy Street, Forfar.

“Our engineers carried out initial investigations and identified the source of the gas escape to the roundabout junction of Academy Street with South Street. Due to the location of the gas main, it was necessary to temporarily close sections of South Street and Academy Street while we worked at the roundabout.

“Our engineers carried out repairs to the gas main and reinstated the road surface. South Street and Academy Street reopened on Monday evening.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the local community for their patience while we completed our repairs.”