Lincoln Central bus station has been evacuated and some roads closed due to the discovery of a suspicious package on an incoming bus.
Cordons lifted at 3.30pm
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The City of Lincoln Council said it has “taken the precautionary action of clearing Lincoln Central bus station”.
Latest from our reporters on the scene:
- Lincoln Central Railway Station and car park are also closed
- Bomb squad now at the scene
- The ambulance incident response unit and police tactical support squad are also now at the bus station
- Road closures are in place on St Marys Street, Pelham Bridge, Wigford Way and Broadgate
- Some buses are still running from Tentercroft Street
- National Rail says trains will be affected until around 6pm
Main roads remain empty as the incident continues into 3pm. Lincoln is at a standstill. pic.twitter.com/FOPRNRdpHw
— The Lincolnite (@thelincolnite) October 9, 2018
City of Lincoln Council issued a map of the current cordon in the city centre:
Lincolnshire Police have closed the streets surrounding the bus station and are advising people to avoid the area.
A 100 metre cordon is in place around the station and people have been evacuated to the plaza outside the building.
Buses are not operating from the station at this time. People can catch a bus from the Tentercroft Street station instead.
It is understood the package was left on a bus from Nettleham, the bus number has not yet been confirmed.
A number of city bus services have been affected. Passengers have been advised to catch their busses from Tentercroft Street.
The train station and car park are also closed.
#Lincoln Customers are advised to catch their buses from Tentercroft Street whilst Lincoln Central Bus Station is closed due to an emergency situation. This is likely to impact on services within the City Centre. Our staff will do their best to keep your service running on time.
— Stagecoach East Midlands (@StagecoachEMid) October 9, 2018
Staff at Siemens Main Works site are unable to leave the building due to road closures, however a spokesperson from the company told reporters they have not been directly impacted and staff will not be evacuated.
This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as we know more.
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