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Selkirk residents vote overwhelmingly for bypass

The A7 passes through Selkirk. Credit: ITV Border

Residents in Selkirk have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bypass for the town.

A ballot has been taking place for the past fortnight.

Voted in favour of bypass
Voted in opposition to bypass
Void papers

The total number of votes cast was 451 - with 373 in favour and 66 in opposition with 12 spoiled papers.

The result was announced by Scottish Borders councillor Gordon Edgar, who is vice-chairman of the A7 Action Group.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf had requested a formal ballot of the views of townspeople before raising it to the Scottish Government for funding.

The A7 is the main route through the Borders, with an estimated 7,000 vehicles passing through Selkirk every day.

Previous plans for a bypass have been drawn up, but have been rejected by British and Scottish governments on the grounds that the project would not have that big an impact on saving lives.

Local residents claim lorries and other heavy traffic passing through Selkirk has a detrimental impact on their quality of life.


Arrests after drunk driving incidents in Scottish Borders

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Two men have been arrested after drunk driving incidents in the Scottish Borders.

A 35-year-old was arrested on Sunday 8 May after a collision between an Audi TT and a motorcycle at Bongate, in Jedburgh.

He will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 30 May.

In the early hours of this morning a 27-year-old man was arrested after a Ford Fiesta was found on its side on the A698 at Bonjedward.

He is due to appear in Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 9 May.

Nobody was seriously injured in either collision.


Selkirk shuttle bus to keep town moving

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A free shuttle bus service will run in Selkirk next week during a road closure for Flood Protection Scheme works.

Raeburn Place will be closed from Monday 21 to Friday 25 March between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

The shuttle bus will run regularly between Raeburn Place and Market Place so residents will still have public transport access to the town centre and connections to other bus services.

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