Avoiding Galashiels could be fatal, claims Clovenfords councillor

Cll. Gavin Logan at the dyke wich was knocked down by a car at the weekend at the accident blackspot on the Boland road on the outskirts of Clovenfords.

Cll. Gavin Logan at the dyke wich was knocked down by a car at the weekend at the accident blackspot on the Boland road on the outskirts of Clovenfords.

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A COUNCILLOR fears lives will be lost unless the speed limit is extended and enforced on the northern approach to Clovenfords.

And Gavin Logan (Tweeddale East) is demanding immediate action to warn motorists descending into the village on the steep B710 Bowland Road.

Councillor Logan claims congestion problems in Galashiels, linked to major shopping developments and an unfinished inner relief road system, has seen a sharp rise in the volume of traffic using the route.

“This road is used extensively by traffic from Hawick and Selkirk when travelling to and from Edinburgh on the A7 because it allows drivers to bypass Galashiels.

“The upshot is that traffic from Bowland is coming into Clovenfords far too fast with many drivers unable to take the corner at the turn off to Ferniehirst just before the 30mph limit signs.

“There’s been a surge in the number of near misses as speeding cars go into the path of traffic coming up the hill and put pedestrians at great risk.

“Last week alone there were two accidents, one involving minor injury to a young girl passenger and another resulting in extensive damage to a drystane dyke and both cars were write-offs.”

Mr Logan said he was not prepared to wait for a fatality before seeing the road improved.

“There is clearly a strong argument to extend the 30mph limit to beyond the dangerous corner and I will be looking for support from my colleagues on Scottish Borders Council to sanction the necessary traffic order.

“Given the recent accidents, I have been in touch with the roads department and asked that they erect reflected delineator posts to warn southbound motorists about the corner.

“This is an ongoing problem that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”