Safety fears prompt bridge closure

The council have closed the bridge in Melgund Place, Hawick
The council have closed the bridge in Melgund Place, Hawick

Melgund Place bridge in Hawick is to be closed to traffic with immediate effect in the interests of public safety.

The council has also decided to close off the footpath beneath the bridge due to concerns about the condition of the bridge’s masonry.

Pedestrian access over the bridge is not affected.

A council spokesperson said: “Until a full assessment of the bridge is carried out, it is not known how long the closures will be in place, or what costs will result from the repair works.”