Borders transport improvement

Work is underway for £215,000 worth of improvements to upgrade A7 at Hawick. A new Transport Interchange is also being built in Galashiels, which sees temporary closure of the town's bus station.

Road resurfacing begins in Hawick

Resurfacing works worth £215,000 are being carried out in Hawick from today.

The work is being carried out on a 1.3km section of the A7 in Hawick, between the Albert Road Junction and the southern extent of the town's 30mph speed limit.

The work will take place throughout this week. Credit: ITV News Border

Transport Scotland believe that the work will upgrade the road and make sure that the A7 continues to operate safely over the next few years.

Overnight closures will take place from today through until Friday with the road closing from 6pm to 6am on the A7 between Dovemount Roundabout and Canonbie.

A signed diversion will be in place for northbound and southbound traffic between Canonbie and Hawick, via the B6357 and A6088.

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New transport interchange for Galashiels

Preparation for the construction of the Galashiels Transport Interchange will see the town's bus station temporarily replaced by on-street stances from today.

The work is designed to link up other forms of transport with the Borders Railway, bringing more people to Galashiels.

The temporary stances that are being put in place will operate from Stirling Street and Market Street until the opening of the new transport interchange in June 2015.

"The delivery of this strategically important project will require fundamental changes to the road systems in Galashiels from 14 October until the middle of 2015.

"These changes will be clearly signposted and Council operatives will be on hand to aid the flows of traffic.

"Access to the town centre will still be flexible, but vehicle and pedestrian users of the town centre are asked to proceed with caution until the new traffic direction become familiar over the coming weeks and months.

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure