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Borders tourist route to re-open after road collapse

A busy tourist route that connects Moffat to the Scottish Borders is set to re-open at 4pm today, after a section of the road collapsed last week.

A large area of road on the A708, near to Grey Mare's Tail, broke off into a stream after a night of heavy rainfall.

The road has been closed since 15th April and motorists have had to use a lengthy diversion along the A72 and A701.

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

David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Credit: ITV News Border

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.

The collapsed section of road between Moffat and Selkirk Credit: ITV News Border

Mr Mundell has now written to the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, urging him to provide support to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

He said:

"“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 collapsed road Credit: ITV News Border
The road has broken off into the stream Credit: ITV News Border

UPDATE: Work completed on sinking Cumbrian road

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble were brought in Credit: ITV Border

After nine months of disruption, work has now been completed to stop a major coastal road in West Cumbria falling into the sea.

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble has been brought in to shore up the stretch linking Silloth to Cumbria's energy coast.

The new sea defence Credit: ITV Border


Sea defence will cost £320,000

Work has started to save a Cumbrian road from sinking into the sea.

The stretch of road between Maryport and Silloth has eroded by 20 metres in the past two years.

The project, costing £320,000 will see over 7,000 tonnes of material used to build a new sea defence.

Work has begun on building the new sea defence Credit: ITV Border
Around 7,000 tonnes of material is needed to build the defence Credit: ITV Border

Road being saved from coastal erosion

Work has begun to stop part of a Cumbrian road disappearing into the sea.

The 280 metre stretch of the Maryport to Silloth Road will be wrapped in a rock armour to prevent further erosion.

Due to the natural coastal erosion caused by it's proximity to the Solway Firth, around 20 metres of the road has worn away in the past two years.

Cumbria County Council habe approved the £320,000 funding for the project, which will see a new defence built from around 7,000 tonnes of stone and other material.

The road is expected to remain open to traffic while the work is underway under a single-lane traffic system.