Peebles town centre roads to be closed for resurfacing

Peebles High Street.
Peebles High Street.

Two roads through Peebles town centre are to be closed overnight for resurfacing later this month.

Both will be shut from 6pm to 2am nightly for four days running.

High Street will be closed to traffic from Monday, April 17, until the morning of Friday, April 21, and Eastgate will shut from Sunday, April 23, to the morning of Thursday, April 27.

The resurfacing works, part of a £135,000 improvement programme also including the creation of extra parking places in High Street, are being carried out overnight to try to minimise disruption for shops and residents.

Ahead of the road revamp, Scottish Borders Council will make improvements to the pedestrian crossing point at Northgate and create a bus build-out area in High Street outside the County Hotel.

The first phase of the closure will see High Street resurfaced from the pedestrian crossing to the town’s TSB bank. Eastgate and Northgate will be open as normal for then.

The second phase will see Eastgate shut from the Green Tree Hotel to the pedestrian crossing. Northgate and Tweed Green will carry two-way traffic during that closure to allow access to the Gytes, Walkershaugh and Bridgegate.

While Eastgate is closed, High Street will remain open for access only from the roundabout at the old parish church to the pedestrian crossing, with a temporary turning area being created in High Street outside Peebles Chamber Institute.

Parking restrictions will be imposed in various other streets while the work is under way to help maintain traffic flow on the diversion route.

The 2017 Peebles Beltane Festival’s introduction night on Friday, April 28, will be unaffected.

Evening bus services will be affected, however, with alternative temporary bus stops being located on the A703 Edinburgh Road and A72 Innerleithen Road.

Pedestrian and emergency vehicle access will also be maintained at all times for both High Street and Eastgate during the closures.

A council spokesperson said: “We are aware these road improvement works will cause some disruption to local people.

“However, the council has tried to alleviate this by carrying out the resurfacing in the evenings and putting in place a number of other measures, including advanced warning signs to advise local people of the works and diversions.”

“Residents and businesses are thanked in advance for their patience and co-operation during the works, which will result in both roads being greatly improved for drivers and pedestrians.”

More information on upcoming roadworks in the Borders is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/roadworks