EMERGENCY work has been launched to find and fix a leak in an underground gas main in Bury.

The leak is suspected to be somewhere in an 18-inch diameter pipe that runs underneath the junction of Bell Lane and Wash Lane.

Two lanes of Bell Lane have been closed to allow the work.

These are a right-turn lane into Brook Street and the lane adjacent to it.

This means only one through lane remains open and gas workers have warned that traffic may build up in the area.

Engineers from the Cadent gas network say they are "content that everything is safely under control and that there is no need to evacuate any buildings".

However, they added that the leak does need "finding and fixing quickly".

There is said to be no interruption to local gas supplies, and engineers are "regularly monitoring" for rises in gas readings.

To find the source of the leak cadent teams are using keyhole technology.

If successful they said this could take days off the required work.

But engineers said they "cannot rule out" needing to make a large excavation.

This will be determined in the next day or so, they added.

A Cadent spokesman said: “This is essential work, on a pipe that runs right under this busy junction.

"Our priority is to keep everyone safe and we will work as fast as we safely can to get the job done.

"Please be patient and give yourself extra time if you normally use this junction.”

If you smell gas, report it immediately to the national gas emergency number 0800 111 999.