one year of roadworks start in may

The tunnel boring machine 'Daisy the Driller' en route to Craigton under police escort.
The tunnel boring machine 'Daisy the Driller' en route to Craigton under police escort.

Southside motorists who use Queen’s Drive or Langside Road are in for a shock as Scottish Water prepare to close the road next month.

The works are part of the construction associated with the new Shieldhall Tunnel, and will require traffic management for more than a year!

Contractors working for Scottish Water will be working on utility diversions and the construction of a new sewer to connect the tunnel to the existing network .

To enable the work to progress, it will be necessary to close a short stretch of Queen’s Drive/Langside Road near the tennis courts to traffic fromMay 23 for approximately one year.

Scottish Water told The Extra they are currently liaising with local transport providers regarding traffic management and diversions during the closures, and have advised affected road users to allow extra time for their journeys.

The road traffic management of this ongoing construction phase has been organised in liaison with Glasgow City Council’s roads department.

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s community manager for the project, said: “We have begun liaising with all affected businesses and residents and will continue to do so. Local businesses will remain open as usual and we will install signage pointing this out to road users and pedestrians.

“This road traffic management is required in order for us to progress the preparatory work for the Shieldhall Tunnel.

“We will do everything we can to minimise any inconvenience to road users and businesses and can assure them that any short-term traffic disruption will be far outweighed by the long-term benefits our investment will deliver.”

The £100m Shieldhall Tunnel, which will run from Craigton to Queen’s Park, is a key part of Scottish Water’s £250m, five-year programme of work, launched in 2013, to improve river water quality and the natural environment and tackle flooding. This is the biggest investment in the Greater Glasgow area’s waste water infrastructure in more than a century.

In other news of a happier nature, also associated with the tunnel, Lewis Bennett (9) from Craigton Primary School won the competition to name the tunnel boring machine, which was delivered from Germany under police escort last week.

Lewis’ suggestion of Daisy the Driller was chosen by the school as the winner and this was approved by Scottish Water’s senior project team.

Lewis was presented with an Amazon gift card while the school received a donation of a new TV, wall mount and BlueRay player.

Mark Maclaren, said: “We were very impressed with Lewis’ suggestion of Daisy the Driller as the name for the Tunnel Boring Machine on this very important project.”