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A gas leak near Central Station closed Pitt Street on Tuesday afternoon and caused a light rail construction area to be evacuated of dozens of workers.
NSW Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a gas leak just before midday.
Police enforced a 200 metre exclusion zone around the site, near the corner of Pitt Street and Eddy Avenue.
"A low pressure gas main on Eddy Avenue had been ruptured," a NSW Fire & Rescue spokesman said.
"Thirty workers in the light rail area were evacuated as a precaution."
Two fire crews and eight firefighters worked with the rail fire service to manage the leak before the gas company isolated and stopped the gas flow.
Southbound lanes of Pitt Street were closed due to the gas leak, and motorists diverted at Eddy Ave. One lane re-opened about 1.30pm.
One westbound lane of Eddy Avenue has also reopened to traffic after initially being closed to traffic in that direction.
The entrance to Central Station at the corner of Pitt Street and Eddy Avenue was closed to pedestrians, but trains are running normally and the entrance has since reopened.
Buses are not stopping at Railway Square, and light rail services have resumed in both directions after briefly ceasing operation between Central and Convention Centre.
Emergency services remain on site and commuters are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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