Shieldhall Tunnel work to commence in January

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state-of-the-art Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will construct the biggest waste water tunnel ever built in Scotland.

Work on Scottish Water’s 3.1 mile-long tunnel from Queen’s Park to Govan — with associated ancillary works in Giffnock, Newlands, Toryglen and Pollokshields — begins in early 2016.

The 1,000 tonne, 180 metre-long TBM will soon be in the southside, constructing a passage five times longer than the Clyde Tunnel and wide enough to fit a double decker bus.

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The Shieldhall Tunnel project was announced in 2013, and is part of a £250 million, five year programme by Scottish Water to improve river water quality and tackle ongoing flooding problems in greater Glasgow.

The tunnel is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 — and southsiders face some disruption as early as January, with prepatory work resulting in roadworks.

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s community manager for the project, said: “Our Shieldhall Tunnel work is progressing and we require this road traffic management to enable us to continue.

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

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Contractors will carry out ground consolidation work in Crossmyloof from January 18, closing Dolphin Road from Killiegrew St/Meldrum Gardens to Titwood Road, and the slip road to Shawmoss Road, until May 29.

Temporary lights will be in place, and parking will be restricted on the southside of Minard Road from Dinmont Street to number 139, with residents notified by Glasgow City Council.

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