Spa road closed by gas leak

Emegency services close the Spa approach road after a gas leak was reported.'Picture by Neil Silk  121966a
Emegency services close the Spa approach road after a gas leak was reported.'Picture by Neil Silk 121966a

EMERGENCY services were out in force yesterday to deal with a gas leak which closed the road to Scarborough’s Spa.

Reports of a gas leak on the Spa approach road were received at around 11am.

For the rest of the morning, and into the afternoon, fire crews, police, environmental health, and the gas and electricity boards were all at scene as part of a multi-agency response.

Police cordoned off the road, as well as an area of the South Bay beach from Aquarium Top to the Spa, while the source of the leak was identified.

Speaking at the scene yesterday morning, Sgt Heather Standing of Scarborough Police said: “We are working with other agencies to establish the cause of the leak.

“Public safety is obviously our first priority which is why have closed the road and the beach temporarily.

“We ask the public to work with us and thank them for their co-operation.”

The Spa could still be accessed by via the Spa footbridge, however all vehicular access was restricted.

The incident caused problems for a talent competition being held at the South Bay venue yesterday morning, with fears that a Rotary Club dinner would also be affected.

Drivers who had parked along the side of the road were also unable to return to their vehicles for several hours.

The cause of the leak was eventually identified, and the road was reopened at 2.30pm.