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£250,000 of roadworks to A68 in Jedburgh

£250,000 of resurfacing works are to be carried out on the A68 in Jedburgh.

The work will be carried out on a 1.4km stretch of road between Bongate and Jedforest rugby ground.

The investment by Transport Scotland will see upgrades made to the road.

Work will being on Sunday, 13 July, with a convoy traffic management system in place between 8pm and 6am each night and from 8am and 5pm each day.

It's hoped the work will be finished by Monday 28 July.

“This section of the A68 is used by around 7,000 vehicles every day and now requires maintenance. These works have been planned to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.

“Some disruption is expected and we encourage people travelling to check the Traffic Scotland website for the latest travel information. We would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience during these essential works.”

– Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland

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Ten injured in Borders crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after ten people were injured in a multiple-car pile up in the Scottish Borders.

The accident happened at 5.10pm on the A68 near Soutra Hill last night (26th August).

A Honda Civic was travelling north when it was involved in a collision with several other vehicles travelling south.

Five people were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, including the driver and passenger from the Honda, who suffered serious injuries.

"In the immediate aftermath of the collision a number of motorists stopped to provide assistance to the injured, and I would like to thank them for their help, and for remaining at the scene in order to assist responding officers.

"The road was closed for a number of hours while inquiries took place at the scene, and an investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

"At this time I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision, or who thinks they have any relevant information that would assist our inquiries, to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Sergeant Roger Park, Police Scotland's National Trunk Road Patrol Group

Sixth speed camera sabotaged in Borders

Speed camera Credit: PA

Two speed cameras on the A68 between Huntford and Camptown in the Scottish Borders were the target of vandals over the weekend.

Both cameras were destroyed with a saw, bringing the total number of speed cameras sabotaged with a saw to six.

Lothian and Borders Police are investigating the incident as it is theft, vandalism and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Superintendent Denise Mulvaney from Lothian and Borders Police, said:

"There appears to be a systemic campaign of violence aimed at safety cameras.

"The method used to attack the cameras is highly dangerous, the people responsible for these actions are putting their own lives at risk as well as the safety of others.

"Anyone who comes into close contact with a camera that has been attacked in this fashion could be electrocuted.

"I'm urging any member of the public who has information they think might relate to any of the crimes aimed at safety cameras to contact the police."

Full Report: Safety concerns over A68 route

Calls are being made for upgrades to be carried out on a major trunk road in the Scottish Borders.

Figures have been released showing there have been nearly 500 accidents between Edinburgh and the Borders in the last decade.

Now a local politician is asking the Scottish Government to consider making the A68 dual carriageway.

Watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.

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'More investment needed' says John Lamont

John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire wants to see more investment on the A68 to make it safer, by introducing more crawler lanes, and by duelling sections.

"What these figures are showing is that there is a higher accident rate on those parts of the road that are not duelled or those parts that do not have a crawler lane.

"I think it is very important that the government does all it can to try and invest in the road so it is made as safe as possible to ensure these accident figures are reduced for future years."

– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Safety concerns for A68

John Lamont, MSP, is calling on the Scottish Government to make the A68 safer.

Statistics revealed there have been nearly 500 accidents on the road in the past 10 years between the Scottish border and Edinburgh.

Mr Lamont is now calling on the Scottish Government to make the road safer after 15 people died on the stretch.

"The A68 is used by Borders residents thousands of times a year, as it is one of the key routes for getting between the Borders and Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle to the south.

"It is therefore important that it is made as safe as possible for motorists to use, but these statistics show that there are too many accidents happening on it.

"Many people will be shocked that nearly 500 accidents have occurred on it in the last ten years, with 100 of them being serious and 15 fatal."

– John Lamont, MSP

He added:

"It is a clear indication that more needs to be done to improve safety on the road, and the onus is on the Scottish Government to take action to cut down the number of collisions."

– John Lamont, MSP
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