DRIVERS are being warned to expect disruption in an area of Erskine over the next 12 months.

Temporary traffic lights, footpath closures and some access and parking restrictions will be in place as over three miles of new pipe are laid in the North Barr area of the town.

The project, which starts on Monday, August 14, is set to be completed by the end of August 2024.

Work will begin on Barhill Road, before moving into Buckie, North Barr Avenue, Cullen, Findochty Newburgh, Kirkton, Hopeman, Rattery, Portsoy, MacDuff, Portlethan, Inverbervie, Johnshaven, Findhorn, Whitehills, Rashiewood, Rashielea Avenue, Rashieburn, Rashielee Road, Rashiehill, Rashieglen, Burnhaven and Portessie before completing the works on Barhill Road near the junction of Portessie.

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The project, delivered by Caledonia Water Alliance, will ensure local residents continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water.

Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager in the west, said: "Historically there have been a spate of bursts in the area so this project is much needed.

"The work will add resilience to the supply and bring peace of mind to the community.

"We are committed to targeting investment where it is most needed to address the triple threat of ageing assets, increasing demand and climate change.

"We will do all that we can to minimise any disruption and will work with residents and road users throughout the course of the project.

"We would like to thank them for their patience and understanding."