Town centre road repairs finally get moving

Resurfacing Manor Street is finally about to start
Resurfacing Manor Street is finally about to start

The resurfacing of a town centre street was put on hold when a utility company asked if it could replace a cable first.

Council workmen were ready to carry out much-needed repairs to Manor Street in Falkirk at the start of the month.

But the project took a back seat after Scottish Power explained it was planning to tackle essential repairs in the area and asked to get in first.

Thanks to the co-operation between both sides, that work has now been done and drivers have been assured that driving along Manor Street will soon not be the jarring experience it has been in the past.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Power said: “We were made aware of issues with the power supply in the area by our customers and scheduled work to replace a damaged cable. After we were told of the council’s resurfacing timetable we asked if our works could be done first. It obviously would have made no sense to go in after them and dig up a street which had just been resurfaced. We appreciate the council’s co-operation and, of course, apologise to road users and pedestrians for any inconvenience caused.”

The council had posted notices at each end of Vicar Street on August 4 warning motorists of its resurfacing plans which were due to start on Sunday, August 17. Arrangements were put in place to close Manor Street that day and on the following three Sundays with the one-way system in Bank Street being changed to allow traffic to flow in the opposite direction and temporary traffic lights being put in place.

The plan now is for work to start on Sunday.