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An investment project to carry out essential upgrades to infrastructure on the water network is underway in the Soroba area of Oban.

This essential work to improve resilience and help reduce the risk of bursts on the network involves two major phases and is being delivered by our alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance.

The first phase, which involves laying 1.8km of new pipe, started in November 2020 and will take around 6 months to complete.

At a Glance

  • Network resilience
  • £2.7million investment
  • Delivered by Caledonia Water Alliance
  • Phase 1 approx. 6 months

General view of McCaig Road Oban

Essential Upgrade

This project is being delivered in two phases, with a rolling programme along McCaig Road, before moving to Shuna Terrace.

What We Are Doing

The first phase of the programme to replace 1.8km of pipework between Colonsay Terrace and the junction of McCaig Road and the A816 got underway on November 16, 2020.

Once the excavation work was completed in Colonsay Terrace, works moved to McCaig Road and are continuing towards the road’s junction with the A816.

As work progresses, further investigation work will also take place in sections of Jura Road and Shuna Terrace.

To enable the upgrades to take place, road traffic management has been agreed in conjunction with Argyll and Bute Council and temporary traffic lights will be operational during this time. 

Access to properties will be maintained, however parking within the work areas will be restricted during this time and we would like to thank the local community and road users for their patience and understanding while this essential work is carried out.

laying pipe on McCaig Road

Traffic management on McCaig Road

Why We Are Doing This

Routine survey work carried out in early 2020 identified essential improvements to the network were required to ensure our customers continue to enjoy great tasting drinking water now and into the future. 

The work will reduce the risk of bursts on the network and properties impacted by associated flooding, and help improve our service to the local community.

We are working with the local community in Soroba, including local schools, to minimise disruption as far as possible during this challenging project and to keep them updated on progress.

Latest Updates

March 2020: 

Temporary three-way traffic lights will be in operation at the junction of the A816 and McCaig Road from Monday 29 March, 2021. This section of work is expected to take around one week for completion. (Please note, no work will take place 5 April – 11 April inclusive).

From Monday 12th April, temporary traffic lights will be in operation on the A816 as work progresses south from the junction of McCaig Road. Work will take place on a short 110 metre stretch of the roadway and is expected to take around eight weeks. 

Road traffic management has been agreed in conjunction with Argyll and Bute Council. Access to properties will be maintained, however parking within the work areas will be restricted during this time.

February 2020:

From Monday 22 February 2021, a temporary car park on the tarmac area at the children's play park on McCaig Road is available to residents while work is being carried out near their property.

Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained, however, due to the nature of these works, on-street parking in this area will be restricted. We continue to liaise regularly with the local community to keep disruption to a minimum where possible.

Access to this parking area is off McCaig Road, via the existing dropped kerb, and vehicles are parked here at the vehicle owner's own risk.