Homes evacuated and Carlton Road closed after large gas leak

The road was closed close to King Edward Park just after 9am on Wednesday. (Picture: Josh Stevens)

Carlton Road in Nottingham was closed and people were evacuated from homes and businesses after a digger cut through a gas pipe.

The emergency services were called to the construction site of a new Lidl supermarket close to King Edward Park just after 9am on Wednesday morning.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service says the leak was stopped just after 11am and the road-reopened at around 11.40am.

People living nearby say they were asked to leave their homes by builders and 999 crews after a strong smell of gas filled the air.

Lidl confirmed the building work was to blame and are investigating.

Josh Stevens, who lives on Carlton Road, said: There was a bang on the door just about it was a builder who said we had to evacuate, and upon leaving the house we were hit by the strong smell of gas.

“We could see a digger behind fencing with a fire marshall speaking to builders trying to find what happened, we were then escorted out of the cordon.”

He added the construction site is part of building work connected to a new Lidl store being built on Carlton Road.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service says around 60 people were evacuated from their homes to Russell Youth Club, on Lowdham Street.

A Lidl spokesman said: “We can confirm that a gas pipe was unfortunately damaged during construction works.

“As a precaution, Carlton Road was closed whilst the leak was rectified and has now reopened.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be carrying out a full and thorough investigation into the matter.”