Gas leak prompts emergency closure of town centre road

A gas leak has prompted the emergency closure of a road in Newbury[1] town centre. West Berkshire[2] council said engineers are urgently investigating the incident on Market Street.

Although the road between Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street will remain shut until further notice, residential access has been maintained. The council has apologised for any inconvenience caused to people in the area.

Since the closure came into force earlier this morning (Friday, March 31), roads in the town centre descended into gridlock.

The update on One Network reads: “Market Street in the Parish of Newbury is currently closed. The closure is between the junctions with Bartholomew Street and Cheap Street.

“An update will be provided as soon as the information is available. This emergency closure is to enable SGN to repair a gas leak. Residential access will be maintained throughout. Please Note: Blue light access through the works is not known at this time.”


  1. ^ Newbury (
  2. ^ West Berkshire (
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