THERE were no snags as traffic started flowing freely around the newly-opened final stage of the Galashiels Inner Relief Road on Tuesday.
Scottish Borders Council roads staff were joined by police officers from 6am as the stage was opened to vehicles, including the reintroduction of a two-way system in Ladhope Vale.
As well as the new two-way section – which allows travel in both directions for the first time in 20 years – new signals at the junction of High Street/Island Street/Bridge Place means Bridge Street traffic can directly access Island Street.
The new mini roundabout at the top of Bridge Place has three lanes from Ladhope Vale – one for Bridge Place access, one for High Buckholmside access and the third to receive traffic from those routes.
The High Buckholmside lane incorporates traffic lights which are only activated at peak times.