Statement in response to incident in Hard Lane, St Helens

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We were called to an incident in the early hours of this morning (1st December 2022) at Hard Lane, St Helens.
Our engineers have been on site assisting the emergency services with their investigations and, as routine in an incident like this, making sure everything associated with gas is safe.
We’ve carried out a thorough check of the gas mains and service pipes in the area and can confirm they are sound and did not contribute to this incident.

It is now for the fire service and police to investigate the cause.
If you ever smell gas, day or night, act immediately and call the national gas emergency service on 0800 111 999.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

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