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Route closures: Easter Kinleith and Torphin

Published: Thursday, 17 January 2019

water pipe

UPDATE Scottish Water works Harlaw Road east of Kirkgate / road to Torphin

Scottish Water works

As part of the current Scottish Water upgrade, sections of Harlaw Road and Torphin Road will be closed while work is being carried out to take the pipeline across the road. This work is being carried out by Scottish Water's partner, Caledonia Water Alliance.

  1. Harlaw road: Tuesday 29 January for approx. 2 days.  The road will be closed between the junction at Kirkgate Road and Easter Kinleith Farm.
  2. Torphin Road: Monday 4 February for 5 days. A diversion will be in place for local traffic.

Vehicle access will be maintained for residents within the closure only. Pedestrian, bicycle and horse rider access will be restricted and taken at the risk of the individual due to large machinery at work.  Please consider an alternative route during these times.  

Further information:

Work has begun on the installation of seven miles of new pipes to help deliver fresh, clean drinking water to more than 165,000 people in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The first cut has been at the foot of the Pentland Hills near Balerno.  Already the first few hundred metres of pipe has now been installed. On average around 75 metres of pipe is being laid every day.

The first sections of pipe being laid measure 500mm in width and each weigh one tonne.  The bright blue plastic pipe has a cover on both ends to protect the inside of the pipe and these are only taken off just as the pipes are connected by hand.

Over the coming months a two-way treated water link will be created between Marchbank Water Treatment Works, near Balerno, and Glencorse Water Treatment Works.

Construction is mostly taking placing on private land and being carried out by Scottish Water alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance.

The construction team has worked hard to overcome a number of challenges in the area including the proximity of parts of the site to overhead power cables. Also, part of the pipe line will go near a military training area and practise trenches which date back to World War One. A watching brief will be in place during work in these areas to ensure any archaeological remains are located and recorded.

Elsewhere a tunnel crossing will also be dug under the A702 Biggar Road near Hillend to avoid major disruption at this busy road when work takes place here next year.

Local schools, businesses and residents as well as community groups are being kept updated on the project. Lorries bringing the pipes to the construction areas are traveling on surrounding roads at quieter times of the day and noise and disruption is being kept to a minimum.

Scottish Water is committed to minimising disruption and will keep residents, businesses, landowners and land users – including hill walkers – notified of where the work is being carried out and any diversions in place.

The £20 million investment will improve the water supply network by installing new mains to ensure a more resilient supply of fresh water. This will improve resilience of water supplies in Scotland’s fastest-growing city by allowing customers to be supplied from two different locations if necessary.

The extended network will also have the capacity to link to other existing and future water supplies across parts of the south of Scotland.

Scott Fraser, Scottish Water Regional Corporate Affairs Manager, said: “It is exciting to see the start of this essential project to make the water supply for many of our customers more resilient. As always, we thank everyone impacted by our works for their patience and understanding.”


For further information please contact the Scottish Water press office on 0131 4456882