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A96 between Lhanbryde and Mosstodloch will now reopen on Saturday at earliest

By Chris Saunderson

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THE A96 at Lhanbryde will now reopen on Saturday at the earliest, it has been confirmed.

The burst water main was close to the Threaplands garden centre just outside Lhanbryde on the A96.
The burst water main was close to the Threaplands garden centre just outside Lhanbryde on the A96.

Work is continuing on a section of the trunk road east of the village to reinstate the road following an emergency repair to a strategic water main which was completed by Scottish Water engineers in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Trunk road operator BEAR Scotland is working closely with Scottish Water and their reinstatement contractor to ensure the repair is completed to the required standard and the road can re-open as quickly as possible.

The extent of repairs and the need to meet the specific structural requirements of this section of carriageway are resulting in work taking longer than originally hoped. As a result, the road is now expected to remain closed on Friday and re-open as early as possible on Saturday.

A diversion via Inchberry has been operating since the road had to close on Tuesday evening and will remain in place until the affected section of the A96 between Lhanbryde and Mosstodloch can be re-opened safely.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “We would like to apologise for the delay to the re-opening of the A96, which is a result of the standard and extent of reinstatement that is required.

"Our team’s focus, supported by colleagues from BEAR Scotland, is on completing the repair and full reinstatement of the road as quickly and safely as we can, while ensuring that there is minimal risk of disruptive remedial work being required in the future.

“The established diversion route via Inchberry is being actively managed by our contractor and has generally operated smoothly.

"Even so, we would continue to encourage road users to allow extra time for their journeys and consider alternative routes where they are available.”

Updates can be found at Scottish Water’s website – www.scottishwater.co.uk

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