16 May 2023
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Perth 'super sewer' upgrade gets under way16 May 2023
Around 500m of new pipe – with a diameter of 2.2m – is being installed to increase the sewer capacity.
This will support the continued growth and reduce the risk of sewer flooding, helping the city become ‘climate-ready’ and better cope with periods of intense rainfall.
Work got under way yesterday (15 May) in Perth to install a ‘super sewer’ in the city centre.
Scottish Water’s multi-million pound investment to upgrade the sewer network has started on site in Shore Road and Tay Street. Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) will have a visible presence for a number of weeks as they divert their utilities to allow for the complex process of lifting and lowering of new pipework.
Around 500m of new pipe – with a diameter of 2.2m – is being installed adjacent to the River Tay, to increase the sewer capacity. This will support the Fair City’s continued growth and reduce the risk of sewer flooding in low-lying areas between Muriton and the city centre, helping the city become ‘climate-ready’ and better cope with periods of intense rainfall.
Commuters and motorists are reminded that a diversion route is in place for the Tay Street closure - there is no entry from Canal Street and the running lane is for use by local businesses and residents only. The initial phase of work on Shore Road sees two-way traffic lights to manage vehicle movements – before an anticipated further road closure. Pedestrian and cycle access is being maintained, and residents and visitors can continue to access Moncrieffe Island via the railway footbridge.
Traffic management is expected to be in place for up to 20 months to prioritise safety for pedestrians, motorists and those working on-site.
City centre businesses remain open as usual throughout the period of work, and Scottish Water and its delivery partner, Caledonia Water Alliance, will ensure the work site and surrounding area is kept as clean, presentable and accessible as possible.
For more information about this essential investment to boost the resilience of Perth’s sewer network, visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/Perth.