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Inverness three hour gas emergency declared over as city gets back to normal

By Neil MacPhail

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A near deserted Millburn Road at height of the emergency.
A near deserted Millburn Road at height of the emergency.

The major gas emergency incident that hit Inverness city centre this morning has been declared over without injury.

For around three hours all rail services to and from the Highlands capital were halted and several roads were closed as specialists tackled the gas said to be leaking from a freight train parked near Inverness Railway Station.

Morrisons supermarket was evacuated and access to some parts of the Eastgate Centre were closed to pedestrians.

Academy Street was closed to all traffic apart heading down town from the Crown area.

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Police Scotland were made aware around 10.25am of the gas leak from a train adjacent to the Millburn Road area.

A spokesperson said: “Emergency services attended. A number of roads and premises were closed as a precaution. A small number of homes were also evacuated as a precaution.

“Roads were re-opened around 1.20pm and public access to buildings restored.”

Chief Inspector Judy Hill, area commander, said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as we worked alongside partners to ensure the area was made safe.”

It is understood the gas was vented from the train while four fire units stood by.

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