Gala motorists go with the flow

ladhope Vale 2 Way Traffic System
ladhope Vale 2 Way Traffic System

MOTORISTS in Galashiels appear to be adjusting well to a new traffic system introduced this week.

“So far, things have gone smoothly,” said a spokesman for Scottish Borders Council yesterday.

From 6am on Monday, the previously one-way stretch of Ladhope Vale from Stirling Place (the turn-off to Stirling Street and the bus station now marked by a mini roundabout) to the Station Brae has been open to two-way traffic.

The initiative is a part of the town’s inner-relief road project which is intended to dovetail with the return of the railway in 2014.

It also represents the first phase of returning the entire length of Ladhope Vale to two-way traffic although, for the time being, the northern stretch remains one-way.

“We continue to urge motorists to take care as they adjust to the new system,” said the SBC spokesman.