New £100m sewer is big­gest in Scot­land

Tun­nel will re­lieve pres­sure in city’ s waste sys­tem

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY PAUL WARD

Scot­land’s big­gest sewer has opened af­ter a £100 mil­lion con­struc­tion project.

Wa­ter flows have started to run through the Shield­hall tun­nel on the south side of Glas­gow, which op­er­a­tors say will lead to fewer flood­ing in­ci­dents and bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions.

The three-mile long tun­nel was con­structed over two years by a team of more than 100 work­ers us­ing a state-of-the-art tun­nel bor­ing ma­chine. It stretches from Craig­ton to Queen’s Park via Bel­la­hous­ton and Pol­lok parks.

Scot­tish Wa­ter said it will al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on the ex­ist­ing waste wa­ter net­work, with 90,000 cu­bic me­tres of ex­tra storm wa­ter stor­age.

The tun­nel is the flag­ship project in Scot­tish Wa­ter’s in­vest­ment in Glas­gow’s waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and will re­duce the risk of flood­ing, par­tic­u­larly in Mount Florida and Giffnock.

Dou­glas Millican, Scot­tish Wa­ter’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “The city’s waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture re­quired ma­jor im­prove­ments to help trans­form it into a modern, in­te­grated and sus­tain­able sys­tem which will im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and bio­di­ver­sity on the River Clyde and help tackle flood­ing.

“As the Greater Glas­gow area­con­tin­uestode­velop, we are mod­ernising our waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the needs of both ex­ist­ing and fu­ture cus­tomers. The com­ple­tion of the Shield­hall tun­nel is a key part of that net­work mod­erni­sa­tion.”

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham vis­ited the Scot­tish Wa­ter con­trol room yes­ter­day and hailed the project as “ex­tra­or­di­nary”.

She said: “The strate­gic im­por­tance of the Shield­hall tun­nel as part of the on­go­ing in­vest­ment across Glas­gow by Scot­tish Wa­ter can­not be un­der­stated.

“Much un­der­ground of our in­fra­struc­ture for wa­ter and waste wa­ter dates to the Vic­to­rian era.

“Com­mu­ni­ties across Glas­gow will ben­e­fit for years to come from this lat­est ex­tra­or­di­nary feat of engi­neer­ing which lies hid­den deep be­neath the city. It rep­re­sents the lat­est chap­ter in our col­lec­tive aim to pro­vide safe and sus­tain­able ways of man­ag­ing waste in our big­gest city.”

It is part of Scot­tish Wa­ter’s £3.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture.

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