Hot weather speeds up Selkirk Flood Defence work

Contractors working on the Selkirk Flood Defence Scheme say that work on the new £30m project is progressing quicker than expected - because of the recent good weather. The announcement comes four weeks after work started on the flood defence and footbridges at Bannerfield.

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Bridge repairs 'ahead of programme and under budget'

"The dry weather and low river levels mean that the Scheme is this week preparing to lay new pipes across the river just downstream of the bridge.

“This will relocate the key services off the bridge and under the river and thus make the replacement of the footbridge a much less difficult operation when it takes place next year. It will, more importantly, secure the continuity of essential utility services to households throughout the ongoing works.

“The river crossing is the first major works activity of the Scheme but has been dependant on low river levels. Thankfully the current dry summer has ensured that this activity is now on the verge of being completed ahead of programme and under budget.”

– Conor Price, Project Manager for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

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Bannerfield Footbridge to partly re-open

The Bannerfield Footbridge is due to partly re-open as work on Selkirk's Flood Defences is ahead of schedule.

The bridge will remain closed between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday but should be re-opened at all other times.

The bridge has been closed as part of a £30m project to improve flood defences in Selkirk.

Teams at the site have been clearing vegetation and determining the exact location water mains, pipes and power cables that run along the bank and cross the river on the existing footbridge.

Selkirk flood defence work moving 'quicker than expected'

The flood defence scheme is progressing 'quicker than expected' Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Contractors working on the Selkirk Flood Defence Scheme say that work on the new £30m project is progressing quicker than expected - because of the recent good weather.

The announcement comes four weeks after work started on the flood defence and footbridges at Bannerfield.

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