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North Lanarkshire child wins Scottish Water's competition to name their latest tunnelling machine

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:48 GMT on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011.

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EIGHT year old Ethan Lynch has been announced as the winner of Scottish Water’s competition to name their latest tunnelling machine. 

Ethan, who goes to Sikeside Primary School, in Coatbridge was announced as the winner earlier this week, after his name for the new machine was picked out by the judges.

Scottish Water’s new tunnelling machine will now be named the “Wullie Worm”, and will burrow from the old Aldi car park, situated opposite Airdrie train station, through Craig Street before meeting up with another tunnel dug by sister machine, Molly the Mole.

Commenting, Brian Dalton, Project Manager, said:  “We are now at an advanced stage of works, with activities at a number of sites across Airdrie. 

“We aim to hold an open event in November to brief local people who live in the streets around Manse Place as there will be a lot of activity there in the coming months. An announcement will be made regarding the date and location of this open event shortly, with an advert in the local paper and letters to residents who live in the vicinity.”

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Runners up in the competition were Ellie Young, 8, who came second with her suggestion of “Mitsy Rose” and Megan Boss, 7, whose entry was “Grinding Glenda”. 

The new machine will be put into service soon and will play an important role in Scottish Water’s project to increase water quality in watercourses in the area, as well as looking at opportunities to reduce the flooding risk at a number of locations.

Continuing, Brian added: “Work on our large storm tank south of the old railway near GO Outdoors is progressing well and will be completed in summer 2012.

“The £22 million Airdrie Environmental Project will improve the natural environment of Airdrie for many years to come and reduce the risk of flooding in Cairnhill Road, which has plagued the local community for nearly half a century.”

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