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Gdynia Way, Plymouth, closed after fuel spill - traffic diverted

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

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TRAFFIC chaos hit the city yesterday after a main road was closed following a diesel spill.

Gdynia Way remained inaccessible overnight while a clean-up operation was under way.

The Herald understands an unidentified lorry is believed to be responsible for the spill, which left motorists skidding on the road.

Police were alerted to it by concerned drivers shortly after 8am.

But the impact was still being felt by the afternoon rush hour when heavy traffic was reported in several areas.

A spokesman for Plymouth City Council said: "We are working with the Environment Agency to ensure any environmental and safety risks are minimised.

"The clean-up operation has so far included clearing and sand-bagging gullies and drains, as well as sweeping and gritting the road."

A spokesman for South West Water added: "We are aware of the diesel spill on Gdynia Way, Plymouth, and have informed staff at Plymouth Central Sewage Treatment Works who will adjust the treatment process as necessary.

"This is not an uncommon occurrence across the region and our works are fully equipped to deal with such events."

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  • fazer58  |  October 02 2013, 2:00PM

    " I followed the slow moving trail of cars and finished up using the bus route along embankment road - expecting at any moment to be stopped by the police and given a ticket!" No need for them to do that,the cameras will have got you ;-) Have a nice day.

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  • expat2013  |  October 02 2013, 12:49PM

    I passed this spill at 8:15am and was amazed when I returned to Plymouth at 6:15pm to find the chaos it had caused! There was no indication at the city end of the embankment how drivers were supposed to access the city, so I followed the slow moving trail of cars and finished up using the bus route along embankment road - expecting at any moment to be stopped by the police and given a ticket! I cannot belive that it took that long to clean up what was, to my eyes, a minor spill!!!

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  • pogle63a  |  October 02 2013, 10:31AM

    Heavy rain due tomorrow (Thursday) all day - what are the odds of this road not flooding and having to close again? Slim I would have thought.

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  • pogle63a  |  October 02 2013, 9:05AM

    The last thing you need spilling on Gdynia Way is fuel - I mean Saturday night it was 2ft deep in water after the torrential rain had nowhere to go and dare say if the forecast is right it will be again tomorrow - all in all the stretch of road is a badly built - badly drained nightmare that thousands of people suffer from on a regular basis. About time drainage was sorted once and for all.

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  • catdaddy1214  |  October 01 2013, 10:49PM

    Yes I have been actually and did pay the bill myself. Typical janner mentality - everyone's on benefits. The result of my "jolly" is that Gdynia is a much nicer place to be and live in, unlike this rathole we call a city.

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  • JohnWheeler48  |  October 01 2013, 9:53PM

    CatdDaddy, answer my question, did you or did you not go on that jolly the pubic need to know!!!!!!!!!!!! Q; Do you or have you worked for Pmouth City Councl.

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  • JohnWheeler48  |  October 01 2013, 9:19PM

    In answer to my erst-while critic "CatDaddy" I would remind the system that they do not have to spend ratepayers money to pay for a" jolly" to name but one major arttery in Plymouth after a Polish City when there are more than enough historical champions, Plymouth out and Bound, from or for the high seas and incorporated in the history of this City, Nation and the forth coming 2020 celebrations . Q: Did you go on that jolly??? Why not go on Google Earth, It's far cheaper, especially for those that pay the bill.

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  • plymptonlad  |  October 01 2013, 8:46PM

    although I only saw a very small amount of diesel this morning, the vapours from diesel make it hazardous and needs specialist clearance. As much as I would normally blame the council even I can see this was such an unfortunate accident and there was little they could do other than block off the road.

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  • Tax-payer  |  October 01 2013, 8:23PM

    enviroment88 I really doubt it was as easy as getting a hose and washing it away. If it was, I'm sure one of the more than capable workers who have been there all day, would have done so. To hose it away would wash it into storm drains, the storm drains probably empty in to the river Plym..... I'm glad you weren't in charge.

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  • enviroment88  |  October 01 2013, 7:17PM

    i drove past it first thing this morning and there was some spillage that could have been hosed down and mopped up with a few buckets in about 20 minutes top. It seems given the slightest reason or opportunity the council will close this road in order to divert more people away from the city centre and into the out of town supermarkets, royal William yard etc. Corruption, corruption and yet more corruption.

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