Accident blackspot junction to get 40mph speed limit

THE notorious accident blackspot that is Leadburn junction where three roads meet to link the Borders with Midlothian is to get a 40mph speed limit.

The plans are part of Scottish Borders and Midlothian councils’ joint efforts to reduce the number and severity of accidents at the blackspot, which has been identified as having an above-average record of crashes.

The junction is situated 10 miles north of Peebles where the A701, A703 and A6094 meet. The Midlothian authority is proposing a 40mph speed limit in the vicinity on the A703 and A6094 routes which lie within its area.

Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) executive committee, meeting on Tuesday, agreed to reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph on the A701 approaching the junction.

The cost to SBC of amending the existing traffic regulation order will be £3,500.

SBC executive member for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, explained: “Alongside Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council has been giving attention to this area with a view to implementing measures to reduce the number and severity of accidents in this area.

“As part of this, I am pleased that both councils have agreed to reduce the speed limit on all four arms of the junction which I am sure will go a long way to help achieve this.”

It was also approved at the meeting to engage further with Midlothian Council with regards to a longer-term engineering solution for the junction.