Safe return for evacuated lane

Last updated 12:34 29/07/2013
Lukes lane
ROSS GIBLIN/Fairfax NZ
SHAKEY SHAFT: An unsafe lift shaft near Lukes Lane caused the central Wellington street to be evacuated.

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Lukes Lane in central Wellington is expected to be safe to return to sometime tomorrow.

Several buildings surrounding the central Wellington lane, off Manners St, were evacuated on Thursday after the discovery of a dangerously teetering lift shaft.

The shaft was uncovered by chance, days after July 21's 6.5-magnitude quake, when an engineer assessing the adjacent James Smith car park building noticed the damage.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said an epoxy fixing that was helping secure the lift shaft was expected to set tonight, meaning the lane should be safe to return to some time tomorrow.

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