Erskine Bridge: Updates

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Current updates

Project update: 25 July 2019

Commissioning work

The commissioning due to take place during the day on 26 July, involving the safe venting of a small quantity of gas in a controlled manner may be brought forward to either late Thursday 25 July or early Friday 26 July.

The decommissioning operation on Monday 29 July after 7pm remains unchanged.

If you do have any safety concerns, or smell gas that you think may not be related to this operation, please call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

 

Previous updates

Project update: 22 July 2019

Commissioning and decommissioning work 
As part of our ongoing work, we will shortly be commissioning the new Erskine Bridge replacement pipeline and decommissioning the old pipeline.

This operation will start on 22 July, with gas due to be vented safely into the atmosphere on 26 and 29 July. The operation is due to finish on 1 August.

Commissioning will take place on 26 July and will involve the release of gas during the day. 

Decommissioning will take place on 29 July after 7pm and will last approximately two and a half hours. Decommissioning will be noisy and it will be highly likely you will smell gas during this time. If you do have any safety concerns, or smell gas that you think may not be related to this operation, please call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
 

 

Project update: 3 July 2019

Boden Boo footpaths closed

As part of our ongoing works, starting on 7 July we’ll be carrying out hydrostatic pressure testing on the Erskine Bridge replacement pipeline. 

 

Project update: 28 May 2019

Safe release of gas into the atmosphere – 28 May

As part of our Erskine Bridge pipeline replacement project we are planning to carry out works this evening, 28 May, which will, for a short time, include the safe release of a large volume of natural gas venting into the atmosphere. 

This planned operation will be carried out in a safe and controlled manner but you may hear the noise from the venting operation or smell gas as a result. 

If you do smell gas or have any gas safety concerns, please call the national gas emergency number on 0800 111 999. 

We’d like to thank you for your continued patience during our works. 

 

Project update: 6 March 2019 

Overnight lane closure 7 March 

From 8pm on Thursday 7 March  to 6am on Friday 8 March, there will be a closure of the Erskine Bridge (A898) northbound inside lane and the slip road to Crianlarich (towards Dumbarton).  A diversion will be in place via the A82 Glasgow, following the road eastbound for 1.9 miles to Kilbowie roundabout then taking the fifth exit to return to the A82 westbound.

 

Project update: 18 February 2019

A82 eastbound lane closure

As part of our ongoing works we need to close the eastbound lane of the A82. This means the A82 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane on the following dates:

  • Friday 22 February from 8pm until 5am on Saturday 23 February
  • Sunday 24 February from 8pm until 5am on Monday 25 February

 

Project update: 11 February 2019

Overnight lane closure 13 February  

From 8pm on Wednesday, 13 February to 6am on Thursday, 14 February the northbound inside lane on the Erskine Bridge (A898) and the slip road to A82 Crianlarich (towards Dumbarton) will be closed. 

A diversion will be in place via the A82 Glasgow, following the road eastbound for 1.9 miles to Kilbowie roundabout then taking the fifth exit to return to the A82 westbound.

 

Project update: 14 January 2019

Overnight lane closure 22 January 

From 8pm on Tuesday 22 January  to 6am on Wednesday 23 January, there will be a closure of the Erskine Bridge (A898) northbound inside lane and the slip road to Crianlarich (towards Dumbarton).  A diversion will be in place via the A82 Glasgow, following the road eastbound for 1.9 miles to Kilbowie roundabout then taking the fifth exit to return to the A82 westbound.

 

Project update: 17 December 2018

Christmas shut down

Progress on our Erskine Bridge Pipeline Replacement project continues to go well, albeit things are taking a bit longer than originally planned. 

We’ll be closing our work sites down over the festive period and we are preparing for that now, to ensure each area is left safe and secure. We’ll continue to have 24-hour security in place on all sites.

During this time, we’ll also be reinstating the works on Station Road, Old Kilpatrick and removing the traffic control.  However, as there is still some more work to be carried out in this area, we will be reinstalling the traffic control in the new year. 

We thank you for your continued patience and on behalf of all of our project team, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year. 

 

Project update: 26 October 2018

Micro tunneling successfully completed 

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The tunneling machine pushing through the wall.

Our micro-tunneling operation crossing below Old Kilpatrick Railway Station is complete and the micro tunnel boring machine has been successfully recovered from the reception shaft located to the rear of St Patrick’s Church. 

During this part of our project, the work needed, for operational reasons, to be carried out in a continuous section which meant tunneling 24-hours a day. Wherever possible, our principal contractor J Murphy & Sons Ltd and our specialist sub-contractor Joseph Gallagher Ltd, tried to keep the disturbance for local residents to a minimum. We would all like to say a big thank you to the residents for their patience during this work. 

 

Lane closure from 24 October to 1 November

From Wednesday 24 October to Thursday 1 November between 7pm and 7am there will be an overnight road closure when access to the A82 eastbound slip road will be closed. The diversion via the A82 westbound slip, following the road to Bowling roundabout and returning eastbound on the A82.

 

Project update: 8 October 2018

To complete the replacement pipeline across the River Clyde, we will be installing the pipe up Station Road/Braes Road to our existing Transmission Reduction Station. This follows considerable investigation work and planning which has gone into finalising the route which has been agreed with Historic Environment Scotland which has issued scheduled monument consent for the works. 

The pipe itself will mainly be laid outside the extent of the Antonine Wall however, to carry out the work safely, the work area will extend into the scheduled monument boundary. A short stretch of the pipe will be laid within the existing planting strip which has been previously disturbed during the original construction in the early 1970s. Murphy, the principal contractor working on our behalf will lay mats to protect the ground and follow strict work methods, under the supervision of an archaeologist where required. We care for the environment, doing all we can to reduce our impact and we believe this solution protects not only road users, but also the heritage of the site. 

 

Project update: 4 October 2018

Lane closure on Thursday 4 October

The Erskine Bridge (A898) northbound inside lane and the slip road to A82 Crianlarich (towards Dumbarton) will be closed between 8pm on Thursday 4 October until 6am on Friday 5 October. 

 

Project update: 11 September 2018

Our new pipeline is now in place below River Clyde

We achieved a major milestone earlier this week when we pulled the new pipeline into place below the River Clyde, the Forth, Clyde Canal and the Saltings Nature Reserve. It's been a tremendous effort from our team of engineers throughout this complex engineering project.

Our work continues now, as we prepare to cross below Kilpatrick Train Station.

 

Project update: 6 September 2018

New pipeline being pulled into place below River Clyde

Preparation is now underway to pull the new pipeline into place below the River Clyde. Once this is complete, the casing which was installed at the drill site behind St Patrick’s RC Church at the start of the works, prior to drilling, will be removed. 

This may require us to use the same equipment we used for the installation which again will be a noisy operation. We anticipate the works will be completed within a few days. We plan to continue with the same working hours 7am to 7pm, however we may need to work outside these hours for a short time.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

Project update: 24 August 2018

Horizontal Directional Drill reaches south side of the River Clyde 

After contending with some challenging ground conditions, we’re happy to report our HDD drill has successfully reached the south side of the River Clyde, meeting the first of a number of key milestones for the project. 

Further challenges still lie ahead as work continues. We will continue opening the drilled hole wider in order to pull the welded pipe string into place and before doing this we need to carry out pressure testing on the pipe strings. 

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Large drill shoots out of the ground under Erskine Bridge

Project update: 25 June 2018

Project visits  

It has been a busy week for visits to our Erskine Bridge pipeline replacement project. On Wednesday 20 June, we hosted 16 members of the Scottish Section of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) for a technical visit. Following a short presentation, they were given a tour of the micro-tunnel site and the HDD drill site. 

On Friday 22 June we welcomed the crew of White Watch from Renfrew Community Fire Station to be briefed on access to each work site, hazards, COSHH stores, etc should they ever need to attend in an emergency.

 

Project update: June 2018

Drilling starts at Erskine Bridge 

Our project is gaining momentum with the horizontal directional drilling operation underway. Stretching from St Patrick’s Church in Old Kilpatrick to Mar Hall Golf Course, the route of the replacement pipeline will cross below the Forth and Clyde Canal at Lock 37, a disused railway, The Saltings Nature Reserve and the River Clyde. 

To support the drill entry, a 70m metal casing was installed. This was a noisy operation and we would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience as we carried out this work