A £1.2 million project to protect the River Spey’s vital waters from pollution has reached completion.
Scottish Water has replaced 820 feet of sewers, which run through the length of its bridge on the A96 at Fochabers.
The pipes carry waste water from the town to a treatment plant on the river’s west bank.
Previously, they were suspended underneath the Old Spey Bridge, which was replaced by the current bridge in the 1970s.
Ross Cumming, project manager with construction firm Amey Black and Veatch, said: “The new pipe crossing installed within the structure of the modern bridge is much safer and easier to access and maintain on an ongoing basis.
“Once the new pipe crossing was in operation, our final challenge was to remove the redundant pipework safely from beneath the historic Old Spey Bridge.
“Working safely during the winter months from scaffolding suspended over 100 feet above Scotland’s fastest flowing river wasn’t easy.”
Scaffolding has been left on the Old Spey Bridge for the time being, as work to transfer a gas main from it to the modern A96 crossing is due to take place in the summer.