Digging deep: Specialists called in as engineers tackle complex suspected gas escape in Canning Town

  • Cadent working to repair gas escape deep below Canning Town, Newham
  • Specialist kit deployed and experts assisting with job due to depth of gas main
  • Road closure in place at Stephenson Street slip road onto Barking Road

Cadent engineers are working to locate and repair a suspected gas escape deep under Canning Town.
A road closure is currently in place on the Stephenson Street slip road onto Barking Road as engineers dig down to locate a suspected gas escape coming from a 48inch gas main,  which is over 100 years old and located five metres underground.
Engineers are using specialist vacuum excavators to speed up the digging operation and a specialist design team are on standby to assist with the repair solution, once the gas escape is found.
A signed diversion is currently in place and its currently anticipated that work could continue until the middle of December.
Engineers are doing all they can to locate and repair the leak and reopen the road as soon as possible including working extended hours.
Suspected gas escapes should be reported on 0800 111 999* (Calls are recorded and may be monitored).
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