Improving pipe works in Glasgow

Glasgow Pipe Upgrade

A £5.7 million scheme to improve 20 miles of pipe work in areas of Glasgow is currently underway.

The scheme is being implemented by Scottish Water and has been designed to improve security of supply for 40,000 people in the north and south side of the city, along with the Bishopsbriggs area. The improvement scheme comprises the replacement or improvement of pipes in Milton, Germiston, Ruchazie, Springburn, Barmulloch, Cranhill, Petershill, Duke Street, Lancefield Quay, Clarkston, Castlemilk and Govanhill, along with Gorbals, Pollokshields, Langside, Battlefield and Newlands.

Commenting on the project, Scottish Water’s Water Operations Manager, Jim Hassan, said:

“Scottish Water is well aware of the inconvenience that burst water mains and disruption to the normal water supply can cause and we are delighted to be carrying out this important capital maintenance work in these parts of Glasgow.

“The improvements to sections of pipe in these areas will improve the service we provide to our customers there for many years to come.”

Work began on the improvement scheme in November 2012, with Farrans (Construction) Ltd as the main contractor on the project. Farrans is a building and civil engineering contractor operating throughout the UK and Ireland.

The improvement work is being undertaken on stretches of mains which have been victim to bursts in the past and the scheme has been designed to reduce the risk of bursts moving forward. The project will also provide clearer, fresher, drinking water to properties in the surrounding areas, whilst reducing water leakage from Scottish Water’s existing pipe network.

The announcement of the project in late 2012 came just three months after Scottish Water kick-started a year-long, £3.5 million plan to upgrade approximately five miles of distribution mains in Glasgow city centre. In addition, Scottish Water has also started a separate project which will provide almost 30,000 people in parts of Shettleston, Tollcross, Mount Vernon, Cathcart, Muirend, Newlands, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Denniston with improved security of drinking water supply.

The improvements currently being made to Scottish Water’s pipe network will support the regeneration of Glasgow and help the city as it prepares for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and other major events.

All work on the scheme has been planned in consultation with Glasgow City Council. Scottish Water has also liaised with other key organisations, including other utilities, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, emergency services, bus companies, taxi operators and nearby businesses. Scottish Water will continue to work with each organisation as work progresses.

During the works a traffic management scheme – including temporary lane closures and traffic lights – will be introduced. Reinstatement work on road surfaces will also be carried out in accordance with the New Roads and Streetworks Act and will meet the requirements of Glasgow City Council.

Scottish Water’s Regional Community Manager, Charlene McBride, said:

“We will do everything possible to minimise any inconvenience to customers or road users in the areas where we are carrying out this improvement work.

“We thank customers and road-users in the affected areas in advance for their patience and co-operation and we are sure they will appreciate that any short-term inconvenience will be far out-weighed by the long-term benefits this work will deliver.”

The combined total of all the main water infrastructure improvement projects currently being undertaken by Scottish Water in Glasgow is £10.5 million and covers up to 27 miles of water mains. This includes a £1.2 million project to improve security of supply to another 30,000 people in the Shettleston, Tollcross, Mount Vernon, Cathcart, Muirend, Newlands, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Denniston areas of the city.

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, answerable to Scottish Parliament. The company is responsible for providing water and waste water services to household customers and wholesale Licensed Providers and delivers the investment priorities of ministers within the funding allowed by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Scottish Water’s improvement scheme is currently scheduled to reach completion in late 2013/early 2014.

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