A7 to shut for roadworks at the double near Heriot

The A7 at Falahill.
The A7 at Falahill.

Two sections of the A7 route through the Borders are to be closed for a total of five days for roadworks near Heriot later this month.

A three-day closure at Crookston, south of Heriot, will begin on Monday, March 20, and last until until Wednesday of that week.

That will be followed by a two-day closure south of the village at Falahill on Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24.

Both closures will run from 9am to 4pm daily, with no access available to local traffic for along the stretches of road affected, although buses will be allowed through the Falahill works.

The closure at Crookston, from the B6358 junction at Gilston south to Hazelbank Quarry at Fountainhall, is to allow resurfacing works to be carried out.

During the three-day closure, the X95 bus service will operate via the A68, with a shuttle bus taking passengers from Heriot to Tynehead and Fountainhall to Galashiels.

X95 buses will be allowed through the later improvement works south of Heriot, from the bus stop at Falahill to the Midlothian boundary, however.

A speed limit of 30mph will be in force along a one-mile stretch of the A7 at Crookston from Monday, March 6, to Wednesday, March 22, to accommodate preparatory works ahead of the resurfacing scheme.

There will be further improvements to the A7 at Torsonce, south of Stow, in early May, with more details to follow nearer the time.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “The A7 is one of the busiest roads in the Borders, with around 5,400 vehicles passing this section daily.

“The closures are unfortunately unavoidable for these works, but efforts have been made to minimise the disruption, and they will result in an improved road surface at these sections.”

“The council is committed to maintaining its road network as best as it can, with an additional £2.4m provided in September 2016 to spend on roads and bridges in 2016-17 and an extra £15.6m over 10 years for essential works to roads and key bridges announced as part of the council budget in February.”

More information is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/roadworks