Possible delays in the pipeline for road-users

Motorists could be faced with delays later this month as work on the next phase of a project improve the warter supply gets underway.

Scottish Water is advising road-users in the Killearn area that a ‘road traffic management’ system will be put in place while work is carried out.

Water authority chiefs say the £2.5million project will provide thousands of customers in parts of Stirlingshire with clearer, fresher drinking water and greater security of supply by reducing the risk of bursts.

The investment, which involves improvements to more than 30 miles of water mains, will benefit about 8,000 customers in areas such as Fintry, Balfron, Blanefield, Croftamie, Killearn, Rowardennan, Carbeth and Drymen.

Contractors Farrans, working for Scottish Water, are rehabilitating 3.7 miles of water mains, installing 7.5 miles of new mains and cleaning a total of 21 miles of mains.

The work started in the summer of 2013 and is expected to be completed by spring 2015.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “To enable our work to continue in Killearn, we will need to close a section of Main Street (A875) from Monday, November 24 for five days.

“The road closure will be from the roundabout on Main Street at Drumbeg Loan north for about 100m.

“A diversion for all traffic will be in operation on Station Road (B834) and the A81 in both directions.

“Access to properties on the affected stretch of Main Street will be maintained for residents and emergency services.”

Jane McKenzie, Scottish Water’s regional communities team leader for the area, said: “Our work in the area requires some road traffic management and this will inevitably cause some inconvenience to road-users.

“However, we will do everything possible to minimise any disruption.

“We would like to thank affected road-users in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Lorna Gilchrist, Scottish Water’s project manager, said; “Much of our work in this project in various parts of Stirlingshire involves the replacement of ageing pipes with modern polyethylene water mains, which will provide clear, fresher drinking water.”

The project manager told the Herald the new pipes would also be less susceptible to bursts.