Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Road closures for A7 improvements

Photo: ITV Border

One of the main roads through southern Scotland is being shut for improvement work.

Scottish Borders Council is closing the A7 at Crookston for three days from 20-22 March and two days at Falahill on 23 and 24 March.

Both closures will run from 9am to 4pm, with no access through the works during this time for motorists.

The closure at Crookston – from B6358 road junction at Gilston south to Hazelbank Quarry at Fountainhall - is for resurfacing.

During the Crookston closure, the X95 bus service will operate via the A68 road, with a shuttle bus taking passengers from Heriot to Tynehead and Fountainhall to Galashiels to join the X95.

The two-day Falahill closure - from the bus stop at Falahill to the Midlothian Boundary – will see the X95 bus service allowed to pass through the works as normal.

A speed restriction of 30mph will also be in place for a one mile stretch of the A7 at Crookston from Monday 6 to Wednesday 22 March to ensure adequate health and safety provisions are in place for preparatory works in advance of the resurfacing scheme.

"The A7 is one of the busiest roads in the Borders with around 5,400 vehicles passing this section.

“The closures are unfortunately unavoidable for these works but efforts have been made to minimise the disruption and will result in an improved road surface at these sections.

“The council is committed to maintaining its road network as best as it can, with an additional £2.4million provided in September 2016 to spend on roads and bridges in 2016/17, and an extra £15.6m over ten years for essential works to roads and key bridges announced as part of the Council budget in February.”

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council