A lengthy road closure began this week as part of a major effort to protect East Renfrewshire homes from flooding.

The project is being carried out by Scottish Water’s main contractors George Leslie Ltd, who will be upsizing sewers and installing new chambers and associated infrastructure on Giffnock's Braidholm Road.

An underground storage tank is also being installed to alleviate pressure on the existing waste-water network during extreme weather events.

This will provide capacity for extra storm water storage, with the water being pumped back into the network when capacity allows.

The tank is being installed under a grassed area on the south side of the road, next to its junction with Whitton Drive and Graffham Avenue.

As part of the works, a full closure of a short section of Braidholm Road, from Merryton Avenue to Merrylee Park Avenue, started on Monday.

As planned, Braidholm Road will be closed to through traffic from Merryton Avenue to Merrylee Park Avenue for 11 months with local diversions in place.

Access to the driveways of properties within the road closure will be affected.

Properties on the south side of Braidholm Road, within the closure, will have no access to driveways until around October 20.

Those on the north side of the road, within the closure, will have no access to driveways until around June 2023.

There will be no parking within the closure, however, pedestrian access will be maintained.

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

Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager for the west, said: “We continue to work with local residents who will be impacted by these essential works, minimising any disruption where possible and doing all we can to address any issues people might have.

“We are in dialogue with individual residents directly affected by the closure, to address their issues on a case-by-case basis.

"If we haven’t spoken to them already, we would urge residents to contact us to discuss any issues they might have.

Until around late October, access to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue will be from the direction of Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians (GHA) rugby club along Braidholm Road.

From October until around June 2023, access to Braidbar Farm Road and Park Grove Avenue will be from the direction of Giffnock Police Station along Braidholm Road.

Temporary traffic management plans have been agreed in liaison with East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils.

The overall programme of works, which began at the end of June this year, is anticipated to take around 13 months to complete.

“It is vital these works are carried out to help reduce the risk of repeated internal flooding and deliver benefits to the wider community,” added Georgina.

“We thank the local community, road users and businesses for their patience and understanding while we deliver this major investment.”