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Greenock town centre work restarts

02 September 2013

Scottish Water is advising road-users of road traffic management from mid-September as we start work in part of Greenock town centre that had been postponed earlier this summer.

The work is part of a £2.9m Scottish Water project, which will deliver clearer, fresher drinking water to more than 65,000 people.

The project involves the upgrading of more than 27 miles of water mains across Greenock and in Skelmorlie to tackle the problem of discoloured water which has affected some customers in the past.

Road traffic management is required throughout the project and this is being arranged in consultation with Inverclyde and North Ayrshire councils’ roads departments.

In agreement with Inverclyde Council’s roads department, a road closure will be in place in Inverkip Road and Inverkip Street, Greenock between September 18 and October 8.

The road closure will be on Inverkip Road from Bullring roundabout to Bankfoot roundabout on Inverkip Street. To maintain access to the crematorium at the junction of Inverkip Road and South Street, temporary traffic lights will be in operation.

Following this road closure, work will continue with rolling lane closures under temporary four-way traffic lights on Inverkip Street from Bruce Street to Sir Michael Street from October 9 to 17.

Scottish Water said in May that we had postponed work and road traffic management in this part of Greenock town centre to enable us to find a way of maintaining normal water supplies to customers during the work.

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s regional community manager, said: “We were sorry we had to postpone the work in this area in May. But, as we said at the time, one of our top priorities during any work we carry out is to maintain normal supplies to customers wherever possible.

“We have found a way to do so while carrying out this work so we will now be able to progress with our improvements while minimising any inconvenience to customers.”

He added: “We would like to thank affected customers and road users for their cooperation and patience while we improve our network of pipes and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by our work or the road traffic management.

“These road traffic measures will inevitably cause some inconvenience to traffic in Greenock but we hope road-users will appreciate that this short-term inconvenience will be far out-weighed by the long-term benefits our investment will deliver.”

Scottish Water’s project, which is being carried out for us by contractors George Leslie, began in October 2012.

It involves the relining of 18 miles of mains, the cleaning and swabbing of about eight miles of mains and the replacement of about one mile of mains.