Sudbury: Gas leak closes town’s main bus station

SAFETY concerns have closed Sudbury’s main bus station after a gas leak in a nearby street.

Suffolk County Council took the decision to close a road on Monday after a gas leak was discovered at the junction of Station Road and Bank Buildings, which is the only route into the station. A temporary bus stop was set up 100 metres away in Station Road.

But yesterday, passengers looking for the buses said they were surprised there were no signs pointing toward the alternative stop. One of them, who did not wish to be named, added: “When I first saw the notice on the bus shelter, I thought there was a gas leak at the station rather than in the roadway – it’s a bit misleading and rather worrying. It will be chaos if it’s still like this when it’s market day.”

A spokesman for the utility company, National Grid, confirmed they had been called to deal with a gas escape earlier this week, adding: “Although whoever owns the bus station or the bus companies should really inform passengers about any changes to services, we worked with the county council, which took the decision to re-route the buses for safety reasons and we put up notices about the temporary road closure. Thankfully the problem has now been fixed and we are hopeful that everything will be back to normal in time for market day.”

A spokeswoman for Babergh District Council, added: “We own the bus station but not the road, so the county council and National Grid put in the measures.”

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