THE southbound stretch of Leasowe Road in Wallasey remains closed at its junction with Wallasey Village and Perrin Road following a gas leak.

Transco engineers were called to a building in Wallasey Village earlier this afternoon following reports of escaping gas. Work to deal with the leak is now underway.

The closure is affecting traffic heading towards Liscard. The road is likely to remain closed over the weekend.

Diversions are in place for motorists.

A Transco spokesman said: "We apologise for any inconvenience the work will cause for motorists, but when there is a serious gas escape we have to deal with to make the area safe."