Homes are amongst properties evacuated in Middlewich, due to a gas leak.
Cadent, who own and manage the gas network in the area, say their engineers have been repairing damage caused by a 3rd party to a gas main on A54 Holmes Chapel Road.
As a safety precaution they evacuated the Starbucks, Subway, Shell garage and some homes on the road.
A rest centre was set up at Holmes Chapel Community Centre for those who were affected.
The street was closed between the Salt Cellar roundabout and King Street for more than six hours, with other nearby streets also cordoned off.
As of 4pm the restrictions were lifted.
Cadent and Cheshire Police have thanked people for their patience.