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Motorcyclists freshen up road safety skills

A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.

Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.

Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:

One in four road fatalities involve bikers

Bikers attend special safety training open day Credit: ITV News Border

Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.

However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.

"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."

– Allan Pattie, Motorcyclist

Borders bikers safety open day

Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.

The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.

The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.

There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.

The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."

– Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council

Police appeal after man assaulted in Galashiels

The assault happened on Huddersfield Street in Galashiels Credit: ITV News Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 41-year-old man was assaulted in the centre of Galashiels on Wednesday night.

The man was walking along Huddersfield Street at around 10pm when was approached by a man and assaulted.

He was taken to Borders General hospital where he was treated for minor head and facial injuries.

The suspect is described as being around 22 to 23-years-old, of a stocky build, five foot eight inches tall and was wearing dark clothing.

"There were a number of motorists passing through the area at the time who could have witnessed the assault.

"Anyone with information that can assist should contact Police Scotland on 101."

– PC Bruce Dodds, Police Scotland


Galashiels to home Scottish Centre of Textiles

The Scottish Centre of Textiles will be based in Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

It was confirmed today that the Scottish Centre of Textiles will be based in Galashiels.

Project leaders Hamish Carruthers and Alisdaire Lockhart will now work with Heriot Watt University and local MP Michael Moore on the first stage of the Scottish Centre of Textiles project, which is to establish a Scottish National Textile Archive.

It is hoped that the archive will further enhance the reputation of Scottish Textiles and increase footfall to the Borders, both in terms of tourists and professionals.

Michael Moore has described the decision as bringing the completion of the project ‘a step closer’.

“Here in the Borders we have a world-class textiles industry and this Centre has the potential to further enhance its reputation as well as boosting local tourism.

“Choosing where to locate the project in the Borders has been a difficult process but with the railway and other attractions such as Abbotsford, it was decided today that it would be based in Galashiels."

– Michael Moore, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Galashiels High Street to be resurfaced

The work on the High Street in Galashiels is expected to last two weeks Credit: PA

Resurfacing works to the High Street in Galashiels will begin this month.

The work, which will start on Monday 23 February, is expected to last approximately two weeks.

It is being carried out in conjunction with Scotland Gas Networks’ ongoing gas main replacement programme.

Scottish Borders Council says the work is being done in four phases in an effort to maintain traffic flows around the town centre and, weather permitting, will take the following structure:

  • Monday 23 February to Thursday 26 February - Bank Street closed
  • Friday 27 February to Monday 2 March - The one-way on Sime Place and Bridge Street will be reversed, allowing access from Bank Street. Access to and from Iceland car park will be two-way via the east entrance.
  • Saturday 28 February to Monday 2 March - Sime Place and Bridge Street will continue with reversed one way. A section of the High Street will be two-way from the Bridge Place/Island Street junction, and when the resurfacing in phase two reaches the High Street pedestrian crossing, traffic management will change to ensure access to Iceland car park is via the west exit rather than the east entrance.
  • Tuesday 3 March to Friday 6 March - Light good vehicles and cars will be allowed access through Channel Street precinct which will help delivery vehicles and traffic flowing around the town centre. The exit from Sime Place will be closed off and the one way order suspended to allow two-way traffic along Sime Place and Bridge Street for local access only.

Borders Railway 'Olympic moment' for area

Michael Moore has described the Borders Railway as an 'Olympic moment' for the area Credit: PA

MP Michael Moore has told the Scottish Affairs Committee that the Borders Railway is an 'Olympic moment' for the area that can't be wasted.

The 30 mile line is due to be reopened between Edinburgh and the Borders in September.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels to hear evidence about issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

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