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Hinckley Road explosion


Emergency services have now completed their investigations on the Hinckley Road explosion, which took place on Sunday 25 February 2018. Work to make the area safe and the reopening of the road is now managed by us.

Further information

Update - 20 March 2018

Demolition work was completed over the weekend. Basements will be infilled to make the site safe. 

Work is being carried out to inspect, repair and clear the pavement and city-bound carriageway over the next few days. 

An assessment will take place mid-week to determine whether the off-side lane of the city-bound carriageway can be safely reopened within the next week whilst other works continue. 

Utilities (gas and electricity) work needs to be undertake to restore and make safe supplies. This may some time to complete.

Road closures

Hinckley Road has reopened outbound from Fosse Road Central. The closure remains in place from Woodville Road if your coming into town. Delays are expected around these and surrounding areas during rush hour. Local bus services are being affected by these closures. The inbound lane of Hinckley Road, from its junction with Woodville Road, will need to remain closed for the time being.

Check on our Area Traffic Control team for information about disruption on the city's roads, or follow ATC on Twitter for real-time updates.

Floral and other tributes

Anyone wishing to leave floral and other tributes for those affected by this incident can do so by the front steps of Westcotes United Reform Church in Hinckley Road.

Can I give donations to help the people affected?

We have passed on the donations of toiletries, baby equipment and other items that people have kindly given.

If you would like to donate some money, local people have set up two Just Giving pages, one for the victims of the explosion and their families and another for the Ragobeer family.

See also

Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Latest updates

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