Major Sewer Upgrade Work Completed at Haymarket

30 July 2018
Sewer Upgrade Work Completed at Haymarket

Essential Upgrade Work

Haymarket Terrace re-opened to two-way traffic after following major nine month project.

Essential work by Scottish Water to replace part of century-old Victorian sewer in Haymarket Terrace has now completed.

The modern sewer upgrade increased capacity in the network and reduced the risk of flooding for properties and businesses in the area and help keep the Capital’s waste water cycle flowing.

This week, in conjunction with City of Edinburgh Council, we will be resurfacing sections of road on both Eglinton Crescent and Magdala Terrace where the diversion route operated. 

From next Monday (August 6) Haymarket Terrace will re-open to two-way traffic. The diversion route will be removed to enable all traffic to use Haymarket Terrace both ways.

Some traffic management will remain on Haymarket Terrace for gas distribution company SGN to complete its final reinstatement work within our work area before it begins its project to upgrade the local gas network from mid-August.  

Paul Sexton, Alliance Management General Manager, said: “We would like to say thank you to everyone who lives, works and travels around the Haymarket area. We know this work has been disruptive and the public have been very patient and understanding of the benefits of helping prevent future flooding with this vital upgrade. 

“This has been an extremely challenging project which saw us having to navigate a huge number of other services in the area whilst trying to keep the busy roads around Haymarket flowing smoothly. We did this using a variety of techniques both high tech and traditional, to ensure customers’ essential services were not impacted.”

During the nine-month project Scottish Water and aBV liaised with people impacted by the works, including residents and businesses, through a range of communications channels. Haymarket rail station and Edinburgh Trams continued to operate as normal throughout. We also worked in partnership with authorities to also ensure the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, taking place at Rosebury House, was uninterrupted by noise.

Matthew Ferguson, SGN Project Manager, said: “We’ve worked with Scottish Water and the local authorities in planning these works. By carrying out both sewer and gas network upgrade projects now, we are minimising future disruption for local residents, businesses and commuters.” 

Scottish Water’s alliance partner Amey Black and Veatch (aBV) began the work in October to install 250 m of new sewer up to 3.5m underground. The work to install the new 1.2m diameter storm storage sewer pipe was carried out on four phases in order to keep disruption to the area to a minimum.

Raymond Hope, aBV project manager, said: “This is essential work has built a much greater capacity into Edinburgh’s sewer network and ensure the city’s waste water cycle is fit for the demands and future development of a 21st century capital.”

The upgrade was part of Scottish Water’s programme of investment between 2015-2021 which will see £29.5 million of water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the capital and has been scheduled on agreement by the City of Edinburgh Council, residents and businesses.