Hole lot of pipe work completed

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The hard-working troops of the Scotland Gas Networks have finally completed laying pipes in the Stirches and Silverbuthall area of the town.

Work began in late May and didn’t finish until late December, as many problems occurred, but the massive task of upsizing and laying gas pipes has come to the end of the road.

Holes of all descriptions and sizes have been dug and filled in, and at the heart of matters has been foreman James McMichan, who along with several of his work colleagues, has become a familiar face with townsfolk in the area for the past few months.

James told the Hawick News: “It’s been a big project. The first shovel to be put into the ground was at the bottom of Atkinson Road in Silverbuthall and there has been a lot of shovelling done since then.

“It was our aim to do 100 metres a week but this turned out to be absolutely impossible as we were held back because of a lot of things.

“What we found underground in the Stirches Road area was absolutely amazing, all sorts of different kinds of pipes which were not on the plans and this brought about problems and caused delays.

“Traffic lights were in constant use, there were loads of diversions and the bus route even had to be changed for a while. All of this must have been frustrating for the public using the roads and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”