An information event is to be held ahead of a multi-million-pound upgrade to nearly a kilometre of vital strategic rising sewer main in Renfrew.

Scottish Water (SW) is hosting the session on the King’s Inch Road project, which aims to protect customers along its route to the Sheildhall Waste Water Treatment Works in Glasgow following a spate of bursts.

The bursts have seen prized allotments flooded several times in recent months.

Georgina Reid, SW’s corporate affairs regional manager in the west, told the Gazette: “This project has been fast-tracked not least because of two bursts in a matter of months that saw the Paterson Park Association allotments flooded.

“We recognise this particular section of the network has been especially vulnerable because of its age and condition and I am pleased we are now just a matter of weeks away from work starting.”

Members of the project team will be available to answer any questions on Wednesday, January 10 in Renfrew Town Hall's Lesser Hall in Hairst Street between 4pm and 7pm.

The investment will see a temporary overland pipe constructed to carry flows from the pumping station to the waste water treatment works.

Access pits at strategic points along the route of the existing sewer will then be excavated to allow the lining material to be fed down and drawn through the centre of the pipe.

Initial site investigations have already been carried out between Ferry Road and Crofton Way to establish ground conditions and the presence of other utilities such as power cables.

Georgina Reid added: “This is a very similar project to one we have just completed in Saltcoats providing resilience and protection for the local environment and bathing beaches.

“Our alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance and their specialist contractors have a proven track record for delivering work on this scale that is also technically challenging.

“We remain committed to protecting our communities and delivering for our customers.”