Residents have been evacuated, trains suspended and a large cordon put in place after a ‘major’ gas leak in Walworth this morning.
The leak, which was discovered this morning shortly before 10am, is believed to be coming from a manhole on Manor Place.
Trains have been suspended on lines through Elephant and Castle to Herne Hill while emergency services are responding.
?? #TLUpdates – Lines remain blocked through Elephant & Castle this afternoon, with Emergency Services still on site dealing with a gas leak.
Services are suspended, and we recommend that you use alternative routes to complete your journey.https://t.co/TFiOHnYs2P
— Thameslink (@TLRailUK) July 22, 2019
Homes and businesses have also been evacuated as a precaution, with Manor Place and Crampton Street both shut off.
Although Walworth Road remains open, people are advised to avoid the area unless ‘absolutely necessary.
? ROAD CLOSURES ? Due to an emergency gas leak on Manor Place near the junction of Walworth both Manor Place and Crampton Street are fully closed to all users. For now Walworth Road remains open for all traffic.
— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) July 22, 2019
It is believed the leak could take several hours to fix.
In the meantime, The Castle Centre has opened its doors to anyone affected.
Lots of people affected by this gas leak in #SE17 #Walworth which could take some hours to fix. Large area being evacuated as a precaution & causing problems on roads. Info/rest centre at The Castle leisure centre at the Elephant for anyone who needs it. https://t.co/Elnv1HAMKG
— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) July 22, 2019
— Eleanor Kerslake (@EleanorKerslake) July 22, 2019