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A busy tourist route that connects Moffat to the Scottish Borders is set to re-open at 4pm today, after a section of the road collapsed last week.
A large area of road on the A708, near to Grey Mare's Tail, broke off into a stream after a night of heavy rainfall.
The road has been closed since 15th April and motorists have had to use a lengthy diversion along the A72 and A701.
The MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, John Lamont, has called for repairs to the A708 to be prioritised.
A large section of the road between Moffat and Selkirk, near to Grey Mare's Tail, collapsed after heavy rainfall yesterday (15th April).
The road is a major route between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, and its closure leaves many drivers with a lengthy diversion along the A72 and A701.
Dumfries & Galloway Council estimate that the repairs to the road will take between five and seven days.
Mr Lamont has called for all measures to be taken to reopen the road as soon as possible:
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has called for urgent action after a section of road in Dumfries and Galloway collapsed into a stream.
The stretch of road on the A708 between Moffat and Selkirk, near to Grey Mare's Tail, is thought to have broken off after heavy rainfall.
Diversions are in place via Blyth Bridge, Peebles and Innerleithen, causing a long detour for motorists.
Mr Mundell has now written to the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, urging him to provide support to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
"“Sadly this closure is something which has been going to happen for some time and I have repeatedly called for action to have this road upgraded.”
“The A708 is a direct link route between Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders and I and others have expressed concerns in the past about the condition along stretches of the scenic route.
"Sections of the road have collapsed before with barriers put in place, effectively creating single-file traffic.
“It is now clear that repairs and upgrades are beyond the resources of the local councils and that is why I have called on the Scottish government to get involved.
"This is an important A class road and one essential to tourism, transport and local people, therefore it is imperative it is fixed as soon as possible.
“Fortunately no one was injured in this incident but without investment there could be other similar incidents. It is not enough just to repair this section - there must be a longer term upgrade of this route,”
A large section of road in Dumfries and Galloway has collapsed into a stream.
The A708 Moffat to Selkirk road broke away near to Grey Mare's Tail.
It is thought to be the result of heavy rainfall running from the surrounding hills.
Diversions are now in place.