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Passengers bound for Heathrow Airport face traffic chaos after road tunnel is closed due to gas leak

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Passengers en route to Heathrow Airport face traffic chaos after road tunnel in and out of Terminals 2 and 3 was closed due to a gas leak

  • Passengers face traffic chaos as a tunnel to Terminals 2 and 3 is closed
  • Fire and police officers rushed to the crime scene after a gas alarm went off
  • People have been warned of ‘significant congestion’ as investigation continues

Passengers en route to Heathrow Airport face traffic chaos after a road tunnel to Terminals 2 and 3 is partially closed to investigate a gas leak.

Emergency services, including the London Fire Service and Metropolitan Police, rushed to the scene after a gas alarm went off around 1.15am this afternoon.

Travelers are warned not to travel by road to the affected two terminals and advised to use alternative routes while the investigation continues.

Police said there was “significant congestion” when firefighters set up a “danger zone”.

“The situation at Heathrow Airport is appalling,” tweeted one passenger trying to get in, while the airport apologized.

Emergency services including the London Fire Service and Metropolitan Police rushed to Heathrow airport after a gas alarm went off around 1.15am this afternoon.

Travelers are warned not to travel by road to the affected two terminals and advised to use alternative routes while the investigation continues.

Travelers are warned not to travel by road to the affected two terminals and advised to use alternative routes while the investigation continues.

Passengers face traffic chaos as tunnel to Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 and 3 is partially closed this afternoon

Passengers face traffic chaos as tunnel to Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 and 3 is partially closed this afternoon

Passengers queue at Heathrow Airport after a road tunnel in and out of Terminals 2 and 3 was closed due to a gas leak

Passengers queue at Heathrow Airport after a road tunnel in and out of Terminals 2 and 3 was closed due to a gas leak

A statement from the London Fire Brigade said: ‘Firefighters have been called to reports of a methane alarm going off in a tunnel on Tunnel Road East at Heathrow Airport.

“A gas pipeline running through the tunnel is insulated and the crew is conducting an inspection to check for elevated readings.

“Firefighters are working with airport staff and a danger zone has been set up as a precaution.

‘The tunnel’s exhaust system has been activated and the tunnel has been closed.

The brigade was called up at 1319 and remains in place. There are two fire trucks and a fire unit present.’

Station Commander Jim Berry added: “The crew is working hard with partners to resolve the incident, but both tunnels are currently closed and there is significant congestion in the area.

“Keep this in mind when planning your trip.”

Travelers are warned not to travel by road to the two terminals affected

Travelers are warned not to travel by road to the two terminals affected

Heathrow advised people to travel to Terminals 4 and 5 and then continue on the free shuttle service to 2 and 3

Heathrow advised people to travel to Terminals 4 and 5 and then continue on the free shuttle service to 2 and 3

Police and fire brigade were called to the scene after a methane alarm went off in a tunnel on Tunnelweg Oost

Police and fire brigade were called to the scene after a methane alarm went off in a tunnel on Tunnelweg Oost

Heathrow Airport has confirmed that the tunnel to Terminals 2 and 3 is partially closed while their teams and the fire brigade carry out checks.

A spokeswoman said: ‘There is congestion on Heathrow’s road network and passengers traveling to Terminals 2 and 3 are advised not to travel by road and instead use the rail network and the Underground.

They can also use the free Terminal transfer service from Terminals 4 and 5.

‘If you are traveling by road, allow extra time for your journey. We apologize for the inconvenience.’

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘On Tuesday, October 4 at 1:15 pm, agents were called to the M4 at Heathrow airport.

“The East Bore and West Bore tunnels had activated gas alarms.

“The roads are closed as a precaution. LFB and Gas Board are present.

‘There is significant congestion as emergency services deal’ [with the incident].’

Taxi company Addison Lee tweeted: “There has been a reported gas leak in the tunnel to Terminals 2 and 3 at London Heathrow Airport.

ALL LHR drops and collections will be from T5 until further notice. Our teams are working hard to manage live bookings – please contact your driver directly where possible.’

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