A ROAD is to be closed for a year as works will be carried out in East Renfrewshire to stop sewage flooding.

Scottish Water has confirmed that work will begin in Giffnock on Braidholm Road as the schools finish for summer.

From Monday, June 27, the road will be closed to through traffic from Merryton Avenue to Merrylee Park Avenue for 12 months with local diversions in place.

Access will be maintained to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue via traffic lights during this time.

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The project is anticipated to take around 13 months to complete as it will involve installing an underground storage tank beneath the grassed open space on the south side of Braidholm Road next to its junction with Whitton Drive and Graffham Avenue.

Diversions will be in place as follows: From Monday, June 27 until October, access to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue will be eastbound along Braidholm Road.

From October until June 2023, access to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue will be westbound along Braidholm Road.

Bridget Curran, one of the local residents who has had first-hand experience of sewer flooding for many years, said: “It means the world to me that this project is going ahead. Every time it rains my heart is in my mouth watching the water pouring down the hill and the water levels rising.

"The concern that the sewers are going to erupt yet again is just awful.

“I have every sympathy for the people that will be affected by or be concerned about road closures while the work takes place but I hope that people who aren’t as directly affected as I am will also feel they’re benefiting and be really relieved to think that there will no longer be contaminated sewage water in the public pathways. It’s for the good of everyone in the area that this is happening.”

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Georgina Reid, Corporate Affairs manager in the west, said: “Inevitably, with any project of this nature some disruption is unavoidable but we will continue to work with local residents to address any concerns or issues they might have.

“Road traffic management will be in place to enable these works to be delivered safely. We recognise this will bring some disruption for local residents and road users in the area but we will do all we can to ensure any disruption is minimised where possible.

“This major project is a priority for us and we hope that people will be understanding and appreciate just how much of a difference it will make for our customers who currently experience the misery and distress of sewer flooding.”

Glasgow Times: Braidholm Road in GiffnockBraidholm Road in Giffnock

Glasgow Times: The works are expected to be done in 13 monthsThe works are expected to be done in 13 months

Planning has been submitted for a satellite site compound to be situated adjacent to the car park of Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians rugby club.

Once installed the new tank will alleviate pressure on the existing wastewater network during extreme weather events, providing capacity for extra stormwater storage.

The water will then be pumped back into the network when capacity allows.