A BUSY junction has been closed off after a “major gas leak”.

Residents living in the area were told to contact their gas provider if they could smell gas.

The junction between Dyke Road and The Upper Drive in Hove has been shut.

Southern Gas Network (SGN) looks after the gas network in the south of England and has staff at the scene to deal with the leak.

A company spokesman said: “We’re working to keep local homes and businesses safe and warm by carrying out urgent repairs to our gas network.

“If you smell gas or are concerned about gas safety, please call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.”

He predicted the works would continue until Thursday.

Brighton and Hove City Council released a statement on the leak yesterday.

A spokesman said: “The closure of the Dyke Road junction with the Upper Drive is likely to remain in place over the weekend and into Monday while Southern Gas Networks (SGN) investigate the source of a major gas leak.

“SGN engineers are working constantly to fix this as soon as possible

“The Dyke Road junction with the Upper Drive was closed on Thursday afternoon to enable Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to gain access to the site.

“This is a major junction just off the A27 bypass.

“Please avoid the area if at all possible as delays and congestion are likely.

“Warning signs and local diversions have been put in place and SGN have contacted local schools and bus operators.”