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Gas company offers reassurance it is fixing Russell Street gas leak in Darlington
NORTHERN Gas Networks has sought to reassure residents that it is dealing with a gas leak as frustrations rise over why it has not yet been fixed.
For several weeks now gas has been escaping from a mainline pipe which passes beneath a bridge over the River Skerne in the Russell Street area of Darlington.
Barriers have been erected around the area and Northern Gas Networks engineers have been on site regularly, but some residents and traders are questioning why it is taking so long to fix the problem.
Paul Ross, who owns Riverside Motors on Russell Street, is among those who have complained about the issue.
He said: “They keep digging holes but don’t seem to be able to solve the problem.
“All that wasted gas is unbelievable, especially at a time when everybody’s gas bills are going up.”
A spokesman for Northern Gas Networks said: "Although the escape does not present a public safety risk, it does need our attention, to make sure problems don't develop further down the line.
"We recently carried out investigative work on the pipe, which required us to put up barriers so that our engineers could work safely.
"We never want to inconvenience local traders or residents, but we do have a vital duty of care to keep our network flowing safety and efficiently for all our customers.
“We'd like to thank people for bearing with us during this essential work."
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