DRIVERS have been warned to expect more roadworks in the Vale of Leven in the coming days as contractors continue their work upgrading the area's electricity system.

Works on Hill Street and Main Street in Alexandria began last week, with traffic management in place, and are due to continue until this Friday, August 14.

But when upgrades at those locations are complete, workers from SP Energy Networks (SPEN) will move to Dalvait Road in Balloch from August 10-21 – again with traffic management in place.

Work will also be carried out at Bowie Road in Alexandria between August 17 and 28, and at Luss Road in Alexandria from August 26 to 28.

However, at the latter two locations, the power supply company says that traffic management will not be required and that it doesn't expect any disruption to the public.

Earlier this month the Reporter revealed concerns from some business owners after SPEN set up temporary traffic lights on Main Street in Alexandria on July 27 without notice.

Michael Lowe from Lomond Computer Services, at the nearby Lomond Galleries complex, said "customers stayed away in droves" from his business.

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SPEN apologised and said staff illness meant not every business owner had been warned in advance of the closure because of staff illness.In some locations in the Balloch, Strathleven and Woodend areas, the existing underground cables are more than 70 years old and, according to SPEN, are no longer fit for purpose.

Alistair Menzies, SPEN's district general manager for the Glasgow and Clyde North area, said: “The work being carried out on the local electrical network is essential to ensure the reliability of supplies.

"We’re also installing additional capacity to support the ongoing economic growth in the area, which is a key priority for us.

“The network has performed well over the course of its lifespan, but now requires modernisation and underground cables that are over 70 years old in places are being replaced.

"We’ve developed a work programme that aims to minimise disruption to local business and residents with traffic management in place only where needed.

“Residents and business will benefit from better network performance and improved security of supply.”

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