Police plea to drivers

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DRIVERS of heavy goods vehicles who use the A701 face a 70-mile diversion after a small section of the route was closed for waterproofing works.

The closure south of Tweedsmuir for the next month means lorries over 7.5 tonnes travelling between Peebles and Moffat will be re-routed.

They will have to go north on the A701, west on the A72, south on the A702 and the B7076 before driving north on the A701. Police have urged drivers of HGV timber lorries to stick to the signed diversion rather than take any shortcuts along single-track roads.

But police admit they expect some log lorries will use the narrow roads instead of the signed diversion in a bid to avoid the longer journey.

And they say they are expecting enquiries and complaints from members of the public.