A ‘hole’ lotta trouble in Peterhead

The roadworks on Chapel Street, Peterhead
The roadworks on Chapel Street, Peterhead

Work has been on-going to repair two burst water pipes in Peterhead.

The first area to be fixed has been the burst pipe on Kirk Street.

The work there has meant the road has been closed to motorists for a number of weeks and traffic has since been diverted via York Street.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Roads and Landscape Services Philip McKay said: “One side of Kirk Street has been closed under a temporary emergency notice due to a burst water main.

“Damage caused by the burst contributed to the failure of the road structure and the collapse of a sewer.

“Scottish Water asked for an emergency closure to repair the water main in mid October.

“The repair of the sewer faced a slight delay as the contractor experienced difficulty sourcing parts as the pipe is a non-standard diameter.”

“The sewer has now been repaired and further works are ongoing to stabilise the road as the route is uesd by heavy load vehicles.”

Work was expected to be finished by the weekend.

The second site was down by Burnside Business Centre, where a drain burst causing slight flooding on the road.

Scottish Water arrived on the scene to identify and solve the problem.

They initially drilled out a hole to drain the water from the road but this failed, causing the hole to overflow and spill out on to South Road.

Traffic passing the water had to slow right down to pass with care.

Scottish Water reckon the ground was already full with water, and in turn this lead to the concrete surrounding the drain to shift and break, leaving water spilling everywhere.

A Scottish Water Spokesperson said: “Scottish Water engineers have repaired a burst four inch water pipe in the Score area of Peterhead.