AN East Renfrewshire road is to be closed for a year as work starts to protect homes being flooded with sewage.

Scottish Water has confirmed that work will begin in Braidholm Road, Giffnock, as schools finish for summer.

From Monday, June 27, the road will be closed to through traffic from Merryton Avenue to Merrylee Park Avenue for 12 months with local diversions in place.

Access will be maintained to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue via traffic lights during this time.

The project is anticipated to take around 13 months to complete as it will involve installing an underground storage tank beneath the grassed open space on the south side of Braidholm Road, next to its junction with Whitton Drive and Graffham Avenue.

Local resident Bridget Curran said: “It means the world to me that this project is going ahead. Every time it rains my heart is in my mouth watching the water pouring down the hill and the water levels rising.

“The concern that the sewers are going to erupt yet again is just awful.”

Georgina Reid, corporate affairs manager in the west, said: “Inevitably, with any project of this nature some disruption is unavoidable but we will continue to work with local residents to address any concerns or issues they might have.

“Road traffic management will be in place to enable these works to be delivered safely. We recognise this will bring some disruption for local residents and road users in the area but we will do all we can to ensure any disruption is minimised where possible.”

Scottish Water will liaise with Braidbar Primary School and the construction site and compound is expected to be in place over the summer holidays, with a safe passage established for schoolchildren by the time they return in August.