Scottish Water Loch Ryan project gathers pace

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Scottish Waters ongoing investment in Stranraer continues with work on storm overflow infrastructure at five sites in the town.

Working with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) this project will see delivery of environmental improvements across Stranraer with construction of new CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) chambers.

Work has already started at Fairway and work in McMasters Road is due to commence at the start of February.

Future work starting in the forthcoming weeks will include:

Beachmount CSO chamber, located adjacent to Bowling Green Road on the lower concrete “promenade”. During the construction process and for the safety of all, the access to this low promenade will be restricted as well as two one-day road closures of the main A77 road. The road closures will be advertised well in advance in local media and signage will be on the road the week prior to the closure. The alternative diversion route will be well signposted.

Dalrymple Street CSO, chamber, to be located on the area of stone paving by Dunbar Court this will also include new interlinking pipe work on Dalrymple Street that will require some local traffic management and restrictions on Dalrymple Street affecting Hanover Street.

Glebe Street CSO located by the junction of Glebe Street and Park Lee Gardens and Bishopburn CSO chambers located by the existing Scottish Water building adjacent to Bishopburn Cottages are not expected to cause as much disruption during the construction process.

Both Scottish Water and George Leslie Limited would like to thank the residents and visitors of Stranraer in advance for their cooperation during the construction process delivering this program of works.


To keep local key stakeholders such as councillors, emergency services and representatives from community groups informed of the Loch Ryan waste water project there was recently a community forum meeting at the new waste water treatment works near Leswalt.

In attendance were representatives from SEPA, the local roads department and various Scottish Water and Leslie MWH staff who are involved in the various works in Stranraer and surrounding villages.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “The meeting went well in spite of poor weather. A tour of the new waste water treatment works near Leswalt was followed by visit to the new pumping station at Port Rodie, where work is underway to finalise construction of the massive pumping infrastructure that will deliver waste water to the new works on Smithy Hill.”


As part of the final phase of the Loch Ryan project, Scottish Water will also be demolishing the 50-year old toilet block at Port Rodie to make way for new storm water infrastructure.

The toilet block was constructed in 1963 alongside the Port Rodie waste water treatment works which is covered over by a car park. The old Port Rodie office will remain for the foreseeable future but will eventually be demolished also.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “Work will start soon to demolish the old toilet block at Port Rodie. During this work we will be working in an area enclosed by fences and the demolition will be carried out in a way that will cause minimum disruption to local people.


Work in the town centre for the various parts of the project is mostly completed and there will be some remedial works in the coming months to tie up loose ends and address snagging issues.

Stephen Hepburn, Project Manager, Scottish Water, said: “Scottish Water and our delivery partner Leslie MWH want to thank local people for their understanding and patience while we carried out this project. We’ve tried to engage with all parts of the community during the project and actively sought their involvement so we could accommodate them as best as possible.

”We’ve sponsored sports events such as the half marathon and helped out the schools with various projects so we feel we have given something back to the community as well.”

The overall suite of projects consists of many strands – flood prevention; a new waste water treatment system; new sewers; removal or upgrading of storm pipes into watercourses; a new pumping station at Port Rodie; a long outfall pipe from Smithy Hill to Larbrax for treated waste water; sub sea infrastructure in Broadsea Bay to support the new outfall pipe; installation of power infrastructure and drainage ponds.

In the 2010-15 investment period Scottish Water will invest £2.5billion in water and waste water services in Scotland. Average customer charges are the lowest of any UK water company and customer satisfaction levels are at their highest ever, bringing Scottish Water closer to fulfilling its vision of being Scotland’s most valued and trusted business.