River Kelvin


We're transforming Glasgow's waste water systems with a multi-million pounds investment.  The project is helping to improve the environment at the River Kelvin. Our alliance partners amey Black and Veatch (aBV) have been carrying out the work.

Once complete, new infrastructure constructed as part of this investment project will help prevent items which are wrongly flushed down the toilet – such as rags, baby wipes, plastic cotton buds, etc. - from overflowing into the River Kelvin.

The project has required upgrade work at many locations along or near to the River Kelvin - see table below.

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River Kelivn project map points

Map Reference Number   Project location description 
 P013  Otago Street/Otago Lane North 
 P014  Otago St / Westbank Quadrant /Gibson St (Near Hillhead Primary School)
 P015  Near Kelvingrove Bandstand
P005  Near the Old North Woodside Flintmill (off Belmont Street) Off Garriochmill Road CSO North Kelvin
P006  Near the Junction of Kelvindale Road and Balfour Street
 P007  Junction of Bellshaugh Gardens & Bellshaugh Road CSO
 P009  North of Playground off Garriochmill Road – near Friends of the River Kelvin 
 P010  Botanic Gardens Nr Junc of Garrioch Drive Garrioch Rd and Shakespeare St


The Kelvin walkway has remained open for cyclists and pedestrians during the works, either via short diversions or narrowing of the shared path. 

The upgrade work began in summer 2019 and has required the installation of mechanical screens on overflow pipes to prevent objects greater than 6mm (i.e. prevent rags, baby wipes, large plastic cotton buds etc) overflowing into the River Kelvin during storm events. New underground chambers (Combined Sewer Overflows, known as CSOs) and associated pipework have been constructed. At some locations there has been a requirement for small kiosks to house the electrical controls panel. We also abandoned existing unsuitable outfalls as part of this project. All work is due to be completed by summer 2023.