Work begins on Martin's Bridge

Work has started on strengthening and refurbishing Martin's Bridge in the Scottish Borders.

Bridge closure means 60 mile round trip for residents

The temporary closure of a bridge in the Scottish Borders means some residents in Borthwick Valley will have to travel 60 miles to do a journey that would usually be around five miles long.

Martin's Bridge will close for 10 weeks in April, but it is the only access to and from Hawick and villages in the valley.

Farmers and horse owners say it will affect them, as large vehicles will struggle to travel along the diverted route on the B711 via Selkirk.

"We go to to Hawick to use the post office, visit the bank, buy food, and other things. Martin's Bridge is vital.

"Plus the horse shows are coming up on us, and we will be towing caravans and horseboxes, but will struggle on the diverted route, which has a hairpin bend.

"It is inevitable they will have to shorten the time for the bridge closure, or find an alternative route that is going to suit HGVs, caravans and 4x4's."

– Joyce Hendrie, who runs a business near Roberton

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Work begins on Borders bridge

Work has started on strengthening and refurbishing Martin's Bridge in the Scottish Borders.

The work is aimed at helping to maintain the bridge's structural strength for years to come, and the improvements will allow heavier vehicles to cross the bridge, including the large lorries taking equipment to the new Langhope Rig wind farm.

Two water diversions will be put in place on Monday (18th March), with the works due to be completed in around four weeks.

"We are now progressing well with the preparatory works at Martin's Bridge and with the maintenance and improvement works to some local roads in the area.

"We appreciate that in some locations our works are causing disruption to local road users and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time."

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

"To assist the local community we have set up an information page on our website to allow Scottish Borders Council to provide the most up to date information with regards to the main works at Martin's Bridge and the local maintenance and improvement works."

– David Richardson, Asset Manager, Engineering and Infrastructure department