Safety on the A7 was the overriding focus of a meeting at Falahill earlier this week between local MP Michael Moore and key organisations in the construction of the Borders railway.
Mr Moore convened the meeting at one of the busiest construction points and was joined by the Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Scottish Borders Council, the Network Rail Project Director, the Head of the Construction team at Contractor BAM and the local police inspector for the area.
“I have been contacted by numerous people about the state of the A7. This meeting with the most senior decision makers involved in the construction and monitoring of the railway saw all present make a commitment to safety above all else. Over the course of the meeting, we had an extended discussion about the issues of white line visibility, signage and traffic management. All present stressed that the liaison between Network Rail, the contractors BAM, and Scottish Borders Council, will be closer and more regular and road safety will be of paramount importance”.
The MP for the Scottish Borders, Michael Moore, has today announced his support for a Government campaign to crackdown on nuisance calls and texts.
It follows the launch of an action plan last week by Ofcom and the Information Commissioners Office outlining how the Government and regulators plan to tackle nuisance calls.
The Borders MP has welcomed the move, saying that the issue of nuisance calls and texts is one that can prove particularly intimidating to his constituents:
“A number of my constituents have contacted me in recent months about nuisance calls because, particularly for older people, they can be extremely frustrating and intimidating.
“I welcome this news that the UK Government and regulators are working together to tackle this issue.
"For too long, Borderers have had to put up with nuisance calls so it’s good to see that action is finally being taken.
“The Government has committed to bringing forward legislation in the autumn to strengthen the regulators and allow them to share intelligence about firms responsible for nuisance calls.
He also suggested how those affected can speed up the campaign.
“To make this as effective as possible, regulators need help to identify the companies responsible. To do this, I want to encourage Borderers to register their complaints through the Which? online complaints tool at** **www.which.co.uk.”
The Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said motorists across the Borders will welcome the decision by the Chancellor to abandon a planned 3p rise in fuel duty, due in January:
"I think that it's particularly important that the Chancellor has abandoned the proposed fuel duty increase. That will help motorsits across the south of Scotland and the north of England, and in rural areas.
"As well as that, we've got a cut to people's taxes- taking low and middle income tax payers out of tax all together and reducing the burden on others.
"For people across the south of Scotland and the north of England that's very important."
– Michael Moore, Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary
Borders MP Michael Moore meets with Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today to discuss the terms of an independence vote.
It's hoped this will pave the way for a summit between Alex Salmond and David Cameron.
The two governments have been at odds since the start of the year.
The UK Government has offered to devolve specific powers to make a Yes/No poll legal.
But the Scottish Government has refused to accept their terms, saying it wants a multi-option referendum with a question on 'devo max'.
"I believe it is essential to sort out the referendum process so that we can move on to the real debate about Scotland’s future. I hope Nicola Sturgeon’s appointment and the mood music coming from the Scottish Government are a sign that we can make real progress in these referendum talks. I believe we can reach an agreement on an independence referendum that will be legal, fair and decisive."
– Michael Moore, Scottish Secretary and Borders MP
"I'm glad that Michael Moore has accepted my invitation to meet this week, following the productive talks I had last Thursday with David Mundell. I'm looking forward to another positive discussion, which will help pave the way for a meeting between the First Minister and Prime Minister to conclude the referendum negotiations.We can then move on to debating the issues and persuading people to vote Yes to an independent Scotland."