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Galashiels town centre improvement works

Some roads in Galashiels are being closed to allow for improvement works to be carried out.

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Improvement works have caused 'significant drop in trade'

One of the main roads in Galashiels has been shut off to traffic and pedestrians as major roadworks began in earnest.

The resurfacing works are part of a £12 million project to regenerate the town, making it more accessible for shoppers.

"This part of the phase is looking at delivering on street parking and better pedestrian crossings.

"We are taking the opportunity at the moment to actually improve the road itself.

"Over the last few years with the wet weather, the winter cold, it has taken its toll on the roads through Galashiels, so we are delivering some improvements on the road at the minute.

"They are actually quite significant improvements, that is why we need two days of road closures for the town centre."

– Ewan Doyle, Scottish Borders Council

Work in the town originally began back in 2004, and some shop owners say there has been a significant drop in trade since then:

"I think eventually with the money that is being plowed into the centre of Galashiels, it will eventually benefit the town because it will be a nice town centre but meanwhile it is a huge distraction and it is really putting people off coming to Galashiels.

"Lets hope it comes to fruition in the end, but whether there will be enough businesses left in the town centre by the end remains to be seen."

– Kenny Philip, shop owner

Market Street will remain closed tomorrow (30th January) and on Sunday (4th January).

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