Ferring gas leak: Company reveals possible cause of incident

A road in Ferring was closed for more than eight hours yesterday due to a gas leak.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:43 am
The road was closed for several hours

The A259 Littlehampton Road was closed westbound near its roundabout junction with Titmore Lane from around 10.30am after police were called to assist.

A spokesman for SGN said ‘urgent repairs’ were being carried out to the gas network – read more here.

The road was closed for several hours

Photos from the scene showed huge queues building up, with readers reported journey times lasting up to two hours – read more here

A spokesman for SGN confirmed that engineers at the scene started resurfacing the road at around 4pm, before reopening the road at around 7.30pm.

Explaining the possible cause of the leak, the spokesman said: “There are a number of factors that can cause gas pipes to leak.

“The ground is constantly moving under the weight of traffic and moisture in the soil, and this can damage the pipes over the years.

The road was closed for several hours

“Heavy traffic can dislodge the joints on the pipes causing leaks as can the moisture in the ground (from rain, snow etc) which can cause iron pipes and joints to corrode.”