A708 repairs "need to be prioritised" says Borders MSP
The MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, John Lamont, has called for repairs to the A708 to be prioritised.
A large section of the road between Moffat and Selkirk, near to Grey Mare's Tail, collapsed after heavy rainfall yesterday (15th April).
The road is a major route between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, and its closure leaves many drivers with a lengthy diversion along the A72 and A701.
Dumfries & Galloway Council estimate that the repairs to the road will take between five and seven days.
Mr Lamont has called for all measures to be taken to reopen the road as soon as possible:
“The A708 is a vital route for many motorists in the Borders as it is a key route between the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
"While I am glad that the road was shut before any serious accidents occurred at the site, it is important that every measure is taken to repair the damage as soon as possible.
“The diversion set up by police will add an extra 20 miles to the journey, and will mean those traveling along it will have to set off significantly earlier to make their destination on time.
"This will be a huge inconvenience and it is important that the level of disruption is minimised.
"“I am glad that the council has managed to get equipment in place swiftly to start the repairs, but I know that the many motorists who frequently use this route will be keen to see it repaired sooner rather than later.”
– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Dumfries MP calls for "urgent action" to collapsed road
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has called for urgent action after a section of road in Dumfries and Galloway collapsed into a stream.
The stretch of road on the A708 between Moffat and Selkirk, near to Grey Mare's Tail, is thought to have broken off after heavy rainfall.
Diversions are in place via Blyth Bridge, Peebles and Innerleithen, causing a long detour for motorists.
Mr Mundell has now written to the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, urging him to provide support to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
"“Sadly this closure is something which has been going to happen for some time and I have repeatedly called for action to have this road upgraded.”
“The A708 is a direct link route between Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders and I and others have expressed concerns in the past about the condition along stretches of the scenic route.
"Sections of the road have collapsed before with barriers put in place, effectively creating single-file traffic.
“It is now clear that repairs and upgrades are beyond the resources of the local councils and that is why I have called on the Scottish government to get involved.
"This is an important A class road and one essential to tourism, transport and local people, therefore it is imperative it is fixed as soon as possible.
“Fortunately no one was injured in this incident but without investment there could be other similar incidents. It is not enough just to repair this section - there must be a longer term upgrade of this route,”
"The road from Silloth to Maryport is a vital link for communities along the Solway coast and as the local member who has been underlining the importance of keeping the road open, I'm pleased that engineers are now pulling out all the stops and getting the vital work started before Christmas.
"Without this work starting immediately, there was a very real risk that part of the road would simply have disappeared into the sea and I was all too aware of the consequences that would had for the local road network."