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New Glasgow sewer contract announced

Scottish Water has announced the signing of a new contract for the delivery of an extensive expansion of the Glasgow sewer system to prevent the risk of future flooding.The £100 million Shieldhall tunnel project will form part of a larger £250 million undertaking by the company to improve the Scottish city's sewerage network, with work on construction of a new overflow tunnel for ground and sewer waste water to get underway from the middle of next year.Covering more than three miles beneath the streets of Glasgow - from Queen's Park and Craigton industrial estate to Pollok and Bellahouston parks - the new tunnel will be large enough to house a double-decker bus and five times the size of the existing Clyde Tunnel.Capable of channelling excess water away from areas that have regularly flooded in recent years, the new project will provide peace of mind to hundreds of families and property owners - particularly those in Glasgow's Bagabout Burn area in Giffnoc, which has regularly flooded in the past.Geoff Aitkenhead, Scottish Water's asset management director, commented: "The Shieldhall tunnel will resolve large-scale water quality problems in the River Clyde and its tributaries, provide aesthetic screening to overflows into watercourses - such as tributaries of the Clyde and White Cart Water - and reduce the risk of flooding in Aikenhead Road and Curtis Avenue in Mount Florida and Robslee Drive, Robslee Road, Robslee Crescent and Orchard Park Avenue in Giffnock."Scheduled for completion by 2017, construction work for the new sewer will be undertaken by a bespoke piece of drilling equipment, similar to that used in the Channel Tunnel project of the 1990s.It will excavate a space between ten and 30 metres beneath the feet of the residents of Glasgow, with the tunnel to be concrete-lined and capable of holding millions of gallons of run-off water - overflow that would otherwise have swamped the city's sewer networks and caused flooding for Glaswegians. 

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