Gas leak did cause evacuation of Waitrose and John Lewis stores
- Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown
The evacuation of John Lewis and Waitrose in Ipswich yesterday was caused by a gas leak in the area, it has been confirmed.
Shoppers and staff at the Futura Park branch of the John Lewis/Waitrose store were evacuated on Thursday afternoon as a result of the leak.
Network Rail was forced to suspend all trains passing near the store on the Felixstowe line, with a rail replacement bus service in operation until 6pm when the line re-opened.
Police, the fire service and engineers from Cadent Gas attended but both stores have since re-opened.
A spokeswoman for John Lewis confirmed the gas leak but said it was not on the company's property.
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"The safety of our customers and partners is our top priority and as a precaution yesterday we evacuated our John Lewis and Waitrose shops in Ipswich due to a gas leak in the area," the spokeswoman said.
"After a thorough investigation by the authorities, we can confirm that the gas leak was not on our property. Both shops have reopened and are trading as normal."
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Cadent Gas has been contacted for comment.