Burst water main in Abronhill



Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 09:42 on 3 September 2015

 



Scottish Water engineers are understood to be on site now. Logo: Scottish Water.


According to Scottish Water, the first complaints of low pressure and no water supply were made at around 5am this morning, with the discovery of a burst water main in Abronhill half an hour later. 

“A burst water main has been located at Forest Road in Cumbernauld customers here may experience loss of water supply, low pressure, and discoloured water,” a spokesperson for the company explained.

“A squad will be on site shortly to carry out the necessary repairs and will restore supplies as soon as possible,” they added.

The burst main has caused disruption to some rail services, with a Network Rail Scotland spokesperson explaining: “Scottish Water has confirmed that they have located a burst pipe which is discharging water onto railway between Camelon and Cumbernauld.

“We'll continue to monitor the water level and will work with Scotrail to manage services through area. Some delays and/or cancellations are possible.”

ScotRail issued a similar statement earlier this morning, advising passengers that services “may be altered”.

“Due to a burst water main causing flooding between Camelon and Cumbernauld, trains through these stations may be delayed and/or altered,” a spokesperson confirmed.

They added: “Network Rail and Scottish Water on site investigating.”

According to the Network Rail Services Update website the burst main “is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Cumbernauld and Edinburgh via Camelon.”

Meanwhile, North Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that schools continue to be operating as usual, with a spokesperson for the authority stressing that “pupils should report to school as normal.”

However, while schools in the areas affected continue to remain open, Culture NL has announced that two of their libraries near to the burst will not open.

“Due to a burst water main in the Cumbernauld area both Cumbernauld and Abronhill libraries will be closed.  Condorrat will be open as normal,” a spokesperson confirmed. 

This page will update whenever we have new announcements to share. This will include any closures of businesses, colleges or schools, as well as traffic diversions, and updates from Scottish Water. To find the latest update you can use this table of contents, which details the times at which each update was posted. To view a certain update just click on the time it was posted in the table of contents and you'll automatically be redirected.

UPDATE: 9.46am.


Scottish Water say that a team are now on-site, in Forest Road, but that the job of fixing the burst main is "complex".

A spokesperson for Scottish Water has released a statement in the last few minutes, explaining: "This is a complex repair and a squad is on site to carry out the necessary repairs and will restore supplies as soon as possible."

UPDATE: 9.47am.


ScotRail has revised their previous statement, with a spokesperson for the train operator confirming that services from Cumbernauld railway station in "both directions" are "now affected on Queen Street and Falkirk Grahamston."

UPDATE: 9.48am.


Network Rail has revised their statement, with an update via their website explaining to customers that: "Flooding between Cumbernauld and Camelon is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Cumbernauld and Edinburgh via Camelon. This is expected to continue until 12:00."

UPDATE: 9.54am.


North Lanarkshire Council are continuing to stress that schools in the area are open as usual today, with a statement from the council merely confirming that they are "aware of a burst water main in Forest Road Cumbernauld", but explaining that: "Pupils should report to school as normal."

UPDATE: 9.59am.


Some bus routes have now been diverted as a result of the burst water main, in Abronhill.

Stagecoach has confirmed that some of their services are being "diverted by Police", causing "considerable delays".

A spokesperson for the bus operator explains: "Our X25, 25A and X28 are disrupted due to an incident on Forest Road. Our services are being diverted by Police, and this will cause considerable delays."

UPDATE: 10.06am.


Whether you're travelling by road or rail, expect some delays to your journey, this morning, as ScotRail continue to alter services, bus operators change routes, and Police officers direct traffic. 

There is no time-scale for how long any repairs might take, Scottish Water say, so disruption could continue well into this afternoon. 

UPDATE: 10.07am.


The following update was posted to the ScotRail Twitter feed: "UPDATE: #Cumbernauld electric services unaffected, #Springburn, #Stepps, #Gartcosh, #Greenfaulds can still use Queen St Low Level trains ^CT"

UPDATE: 10.10am.


Scottish Water have now turned off the water supply. In terms of rail services, Network Rail has provided the following update: "Will take some time to inspect & assess impact of large volume of water on track & embankment before we can safely re-open line."

UPDATE: 10.50am.


Scottish Water is advising customers in parts of the Cumbernauld area that they "might be affected by a loss of normal water supply, low water pressure or discoloured water due to a burst on a 30 inch water main," a spokesperson has announced.

"Engineers are working to maintain normal supplies to as many customers as possible following the burst in Forrest Road, Abronhill, and to restore normal supplies to affected properties in the G67 postcode area as quickly as possible.

"They are doing so by using backfeeds to introduce water supplies from other parts of the network while the repair work is under way.

"The burst has caused some localised disruption, including the closure of Forrest Road, and is affecting services on the Cumbernauld railway line.

"Scottish Water apologises for the inconvenience to affected customers and can assure them we are doing everything we can to restore normal supplies as quickly as possible," they added.

UPDATE: 11.51am.


New College Lanarkshire's Cumbernauld Campus, in North Carbrain, will close at 1pm this afternoon, as a result of the mains burst in Abronhill, this morning. 

A statement from the College reads: "Due to the burst water main, our Cumbernauld Campus will CLOSE at 1pm today.All evening classes are cancelled."

UPDATE: 12.10pm.


Engineers continue to work frantically at the scene, but their efforts are hampered by the fact that the burst main is at the top of a hill in Glencryan Woodland, on Forest Road. Engineers on site have told Cumbernauld Media that although they have no timetable or information as to when repairs will be carried out, they can confirm that it will take some time to repair, due to the gradient of the hill and the depth of the pipe underground, which they estimate to be 4 to 5 metres. 

UPDATE: 12.13pm.


The following update was published by the official ScotRail Twitter account: "UPDATE: #Cumbernauld. Services are beginning to get back to normal between Glasgow & Falkirk Grahamston but it’ll take us some time."

UPDATE: 12.23pm.


North Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that Kildrum Nursery will be closed, this afternoon. 

In a statement, a spokesperson for the authority confirmed: "Kildrum Nursery will be closed this afternoon due to the burst water main in the town."

This decision has now been revised, see the update at 13.04pm for more information.

UPDATE: 12.24pm.


The following statement was published to the Network Rail Scotland Twitter feed a moment ago: "Following flooding between Cumbernauld and #Camelon, the line has reopened allowing trains to run. Residual delays of 20 mins until 13:00."

UPDATE: 12.59pm.


The first pictures from the site, in Glencryan Woodland, off of Forest Road, Abronhill are in, and available to view in the gallery below. All of the pictures were taken by Scott Campbell and remain the copyright of Cumbernauld Media.


UPDATE: 13.02pm. 


Network Rail says that the damage to the Cumbernauld railway lines is “not as bad as it could have been” after a 30 inch mains pipe burst, causing a landslide near to Glencryan Woodland, in Abronhill.

A statement released by Network Rail in the last few moments confirms that: “Damage from flooding in Cumbernauld is not as bad as it could have been and our team on site have cleared spoil washed from embankment off the line.

“After safety checks the line has re-opened, though Scotrail services may take some time to return to normal timetable with delays possible,” the statement added.

UPDATE: 13.04pm.


North Lanarkshire Council say that Kildrum Nursery will now remain open, this afternoon, after previously saying it would close early.

"The water supply has been reconnected to Kildrum Nursery and it will now be open this afternoon," a spokesperson for the council has confirmed.

UPDATE: 13.18pm.


To summarise all of the updates which we posted so far, here's a round-up of the important information you'll need:

  • New College Lanarkshire: Cumbernauld Campus is closed for the day. No evening classes will run;
  • Kildrum Nursery will be open this afternoon, despite an earlier decision to close it;
  • North Lanarkshire Council say that all local schools are open;
  • Abronhill and Cumbernauld libraries are closed today, though Condorrat Library is open;
  • Diversions are in place in Abronhill, with the slip-off from the Kildrum roundabout, at Cumbernauld Academy, to Abronhill shut. The only way to access Abronhill is via Wardpark, coming off Castlecary Road;
  • Scottish Water have no timescale for repairs, nor can they confirm when the water supply will be fully restored;
  • Only those considered 'vulnerable' will be sent bottled water;
  • Rail services are slowly starting to get back to normal, though major delays are to be expected;
  • Bus routes are also affected as a result of the burst main, so passengers are to expect delays on bus services also.

UPDATE: 13.27pm.


Network Rail now say that some train services are running normally. In a tweet published on their Twitter account, the organisation confirms: "Trains between Cumbernauld and Edinburgh via #Camelon are now able to run normally."

UPDATE: 13.39pm.


Scottish Water say that they have now set up a collection point for bottled water. Anybody wishing to get bottled water can make their way to Polygon UK, in Cumbernauld Business Park, Wardpark Road, G67 3JZ.

UPDATE: 13.41pm.


The following is a statement from Scottish Water:

"Bottled water is being made available to customers in parts of Cumbernauld who are affected by a burst water main.

"Some customers in parts of Cumbernauld are experiencing a loss of normal water supply, low water pressure or discoloured water due to a burst on a 30 inch water main in Forrest Road, Abronhill.

"While engineers work to restore supplies to affected properties, Scottish Water is doing all it can to minimise inconvenience to customers and is making bottled water available at a collection point at the premises of Polygon UK, Cumbernauld Business Park, Wardpark Road, Cumbernauld G67 3JZ.

"Scottish Water is stressing that this bottled water is intended only for customers whose normal water supplies are affected and is urging those whose supplies are not affected not to take bottled water.

"Meanwhile, engineers are continuing their work to restore normal supplies to affected properties in the G67 postcode area as quickly as possible.

"They are doing so by using backfeeds to introduce water supplies from other parts of the network while the repair work is under way.

"The burst has caused some localised disruption, including the closure of Forrest Road, and is affecting services on the Cumbernauld railway line.

"Scottish Water apologises for the inconvenience to affected customers and can assure them we are doing everything we can to restore normal supplies as quickly as possible and to minimise any inconvenience. We thank affected customers for their patience and understanding."

UPDATE: 14.30pm.


North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd has confirmed that Cumbernauld's Tryst Sports Centre will operate a reduced service today. Although the gym will be open, the swimming pool and shower facilities will be closed. Broadwood Stadium is, however, unaffected. 

UPDATE: 15.25pm.


We have published a second article on our website to update readers on the efforts  by Scottish Water to distribute bottled water to those affected by the burst water main, today. You can read the article by clicking here

UPDATE: 15.38pm.


Scottish Water has confirmed that works to repair the 30 inch water main pipe which burst, this morning, has begun. 

The picture below as shared just a moment ago via the Scottish Water Twitter feed.


UPDATE: 15.52pm.


As repairs get under way to mend the burst water main, in Abronhill, and bottled water gets distributed in Wardpark, Scottish Water has been forced to rebut rumours going about locally that the water will be off for days.

According to the idle gossip, some of which has been posted on our Facebook page, households currently affected by the burst will not see their supply restored for two to three days. Scottish Water have rubbished these rumours, saying they hope everything will be fixed by this evening.

In a statement, Scottish Water said: “We do not anticipate that this repair will take 3 days. The water will be restored after we complete repairing the burst water main, which we hope will be this evening.”

UPDATE: 16.25pm.


The next stage of repairing the burst water main is under way, Scottish Water has confirmed.

In publishing the picture below to their social media accounts, the firm said: "This is the next stage of our repair work in Cumbernauld today. We are replacing the damaged section of the water main."


 

 
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