One-way system to be reversed for interchange works

The transport interchange to be built in Galashiels
The transport interchange to be built in Galashiels

PART of Galashiels’ one-way system will be turned in the opposite direction when work starts on rerouting Stirling Street ahead of the new transport interchange being built.

From October 14 drivers will access Park Street and Channel Street the opposite way from normal.

During the work, buses will operate from stances in Stirling Street and Market Street. Limited local access will be permitted in both.

Ahead of the rerouting work through the bus station, the public car parks in Stirling Street were closed for good on Monday. Ladhope Vale car park will be shut until 2015. In addition to the new road layout and a public space, new car parking will be created on the bus station site. Work on the interchange building starts early next year.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “We appreciate there is going to be some impact to existing arrangements to allow this work to get under way, but this is a huge project which will bring some significant benefits for local businesses and for people travelling into and out of the Borders.

“All of the work this year is being carried out by 
SBcContracts, the council’s in-house contractor, to ensure traffic management requirements are fully co-ordinated so that disruption is kept to a minimum.”