A shopping center near Manchester city center was closed this afternoon after reports of an explosion.
White City Retail Park on Chester Road in Old Trafford is partially closed and emergency services are expected to be on the scene following the incident.
It is understood that Chester Road southbound from the city center is currently closed. Greater Manchester Fire Brigade, GMP and NWAS have been contacted for more information. Cadent Gas has confirmed technicians are on site but does not believe the incident is related to the gas network.
The exact nature of the incident, or its seriousness, has not yet been confirmed. Photos seen by the Manchester Evening News show several firefighters on the scene, as well as officers from the Greater Manchester Police Department. A number of popular shops are located in the retail park, including Aldi, Currys, M&S, Nando’s, The Gym and Furniture Village.
A spokesman for Cadent Gas told MEN: “We have arrived on the scene and are checking our assets, but there is no suggestion that this is connected to the gas network.”
We will bring you all the latest updates below.
Declaration of Electricity Northwest
A spokesperson for Electricity North West said:
We received reports at 1:41 pm of a power outage affecting 25 properties on Chester Road due to an underground power line failure.
We responded immediately and, using our automatic recovery systems, power was restored to all properties within the hour at 2:28 pm and now teams of technicians are on site to perform repair work on the damaged cable.”
Route 255/256. Detour direction #Partington and #Flixton only via Talbot Road and Warwick Road. This is due to the one-way closure of Chester Road, following a police incident. Sorry if this affects your journey with us today. pic.twitter.com/HDe2rgIgoz
— Stagecoach Manchester & Wigan (@StagecoachGM) May 6, 2022
GMP confirms presence
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are on site to assist traffic.
Greater Manchester Fire Brigade is believed to be in charge of the incident and they have been contacted for more information.
Statement of Cadent Gas
A spokesperson for Cadent Gas told the MEN:
We have arrived and are checking our assets, but there is no suggestion that it is connected to the gas network.”
Chester Road Southbound
A56 Chester Road, Stretford
The road is only closed southbound from the White City roundabout to Warwick Road
Emergency services are on site to deal with an incident
— Transport for Greater Manchester (@OfficialTfGM) May 6, 2022