Delays warning for A7 drivers

DAY and night time resurfacing work is under way on a stretch of the A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk.

The essential repairs will mean traffic disruption for a week with the job due to be completed next Thursday.

Work will take place between 8.30am and 4.30pm and again between 6.30pm and 1am. There will be no work this Saturday but will restart on Sunday at 6.30pm.

Transport Scotland says the resurfacing of this stretch of the A7 between Boleside and Lindean represents an investment of £185,000.

A convoy system will operate with a speed limit of 10 miles per hour during working hours. Traffic lights will control traffic when work isn’t taking place.

At times there will be restricted access to the B7060 and the B6360 as well as the unclassified Lindean road.

Transport Scotland has advised drivers to use alternative routes although access will be maintained for residents.

The work is being carried out by Aggregate Industries on behalf of BEAR Scotland and has been planned in consultation with Lothian and Borders Police and Scottish Borders Council.

Ian Stewart of Bear Scotland said the convoy system was required to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

He added: “We regret that there may be some disruption and would advise motorists to allow additional time for their journeys and to plan ahead.”

The repairs are dependent on the weather, says BEAR, who will monitor forecasts and put the work on hold if conditions are not favourable.

Real-time journey planning information is available by logging on to www,trafficscotland.org

Material removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using methods approved by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.