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Published 11 May 2017

Kilbowie Road in Clydebank will be reopened six weeks ahead of schedule after successful work to repair damage caused by a collapsed mineshaft.

The road – which has been closed since the discovery of a 56-metre deep mine shaft in January – will be fully reopened to traffic by Monday, May 15. The process of reopening the road will get underway on Friday, May 12, and will be completed over the weekend.

West Dunbartonshire Council called in the Coal Authority in January after specialist engineers drafted in to investigate the issue uncovered a 6-metre deep cavity on top of a 56-metre deep shaft – dropping to a depth equivalent of 14 double decker buses.

It was initially thought that it could take as much as six months for the road to be reopened, with the project complicated by the presence of major utility pipes and cables at the site.

The Coal Authority completed their works in April, and it was then anticipated the Council could complete its repairs by the end of May. Thanks to dry weather and efficient preparatory work on the site, that date has now been brought forward again to May 15.

Ronnie Dinnie, the Council’s Strategic Lead for Environment & Neighbourhood, said: “This has been one of the most complicated road repairs imaginable and the Council has worked very closely with experts from the Coal Authority and various utility service firms to get Kilbowie Road safely repaired and reopened as fast as possible. We apologise once again for the disruption caused since January, but we are delighted to be able to open the road ahead of schedule.

“The recent good weather has allowed our teams to make excellent progress and we have also benefited from the meticulous preparation work carried out to ensure that the final stages went smoothly. Ensuring that utility pipework was properly protected throughout was another major challenge and the plans put in place to that end have also helped us reach this stage quicker than we had anticipated.”