Guardbridge road opens today

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Major pipe laying work that has seen Guardbridge’s Main Street closed since mid-February are set to be cleared by later this afternoon (Tuesday).

Contractors Vital Energi have confirmed that the road will reopen at 4:00pm – ten days ahead of schedule – and diversions around Guardbridge will be lifted.

The road was closed as part of pipe laying work for the £25 million Green Energy Centre being built by the University of St Andrews at the former paper mill at Guardbridge.

Work on the A91 at Guardbridge finished last week.

Ashley Walsh, contracts manager for contractors Vital Energi, said: “Laying pipes through Guardbridge and across the River Eden was a challenging operation which was scheduled to take eight weeks.

“We are pleased that due to 24 hour, seven-day working and largely good weather we have been able to reduce that by 10 days.

“On behalf of Vital Energi and the contractors who have been working with us on this phase of the project, I would like to thank the residents of Guardbridge who have been understanding throughout what has been a period of great disruption for them.”

Professor Verity Brown, Vice-Principal (Enterprise and Engagement) at the university, said: “Vital Energi are to be congratulated for completing this phase of the pipe laying work ahead of schedule.

“When we set out to communicate and engage with communities about the road closure we made it clear we understood it would cause enormous disruption and inconvenience.

“On behalf of the University, I want to again apologise to the communities of Guardbridge, Leuchars and surrounding areas for the upheaval they have experienced and thank them most sincerely for their good humour, patience and forbearance.

“I also want to apologise to and thank those commuters whose journeys have been longer due to the roadworks.

“The creation of an Energy Centre at Guardbridge, with the biomass plant at its heart, will revitalise Guardbridge, bring hundreds of new jobs to the area and dramatically cut the University’s carbon footprint.

“We look forward to working with the residents of Guardbridge in the months and years to come.”