Resurfacing works set to start at ‘The Dunk’ corner

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Resurfacing works will be carried out on the A7 at the south end of Hawick next week.

The works, around The Dunk corner, are required to improve the existing surface and represents a £95,000 investment by Transport Scotland.

They are due to begin on Monday and will be carried out each night between 8pm and 7am the following morning, during which time the road will be closed.

Commenting on the works Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland’s operating company representative in the south east, said: “It is essential to close this section of the A7 trunk road to ensure that these works can be carried out safely, and works have been carried out overnight to ensure that any delays to motorists are minimised.”

Signed diversion routes will be in place for the duration of the works. Motorists travelling northbound will be diverted onto the B7201 near Canonbie, B6357, A6088 and A698 into Hawick where traffic will rejoin the A7 trunk road. The diversion will be the same for southbound traffic, in reverse, and will add around 30 minutes to journey times.

The 95/95A/X95 First Bus rail link service will continue as timetabled. However, additional time will be required for these journeys as the buses will require to be escorted through the works at a suitable time.

Operations that will generate the most noise will be restricted to between 8pm and 1am each night to minimise any disturbance.

In addition, due to the narrow road width within the extents of the works, temporary traffic lights will be in place between 7am and 8pm from Tuesday for four days.

“Some delays are expected and we advise all members of the travelling public to plan their journeys ahead, and take cognisance of the signed diversion routes and the extended bus times,” added Mr Stewart.