Motorists facing road headaches till next year

MAJOR work to repair gas mains in Bearsden is due to begin on Tuesday - and will last into next year.

Workers will replace 750m of pipes in a £330,000 project which will close roads and cause headaches for motorists.

However, Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) said the work is “essential” to “maintain the safety and reliability of the supply” to Bearsden.

The operation is expected to last for 24 weeks and will cause road closures.

Some of the side roads adjacent to Milngavie Road will be closed at various stages of the project and the works will be carried out in three phases to minimise disruption.

Phase one will take place between Kessington Drive and West Chapelton Avenue, phase two between West Chapelton Avenue and Roman Road and phase three between Roman Road and Birch View.

All shops and businesses will be open as usual and access for pedestrians and delivery vehicles will be maintained where possible.

SGN says it has been working closely with East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and will continue to work with the local community to keep disruption to a minimum.

There will be no work carried out in the weeks between December 2 and Christmas to ensure there is no disruption in the lead up to the festivities. Work will recommence in January.

Ian Connor, SGN engineering manager, said: “All of our planning and work is being carried out in close consultation with East Dunbartonshire Council, Bear Scotland and our contractors Forward Construction GRP Ltd. We are working with the local community and will do everything we can to minimise disturbance.”

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of development and infrastructure at EDC, added: “We welcome this investment into the gas mains network in Bearsden as it will help improve services provided to residents in the area.

“The council will work closely with SGN and other partners to ensure that the work is carried out safely and as swiftly as possible. I’d like to thank our residents for bearing with us and apologise in advance for any disruption caused as the works are carried out.”