John Lamont MSP claims funding not available for A68 landslip repairs

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Borders MSP John Lamont has written to the Transport Minister Keith Brown to complain about delays caused by traffic lights on the A68 south of Jedburgh.

Mr Lamont claims little work has been carried out since a landslip forced the traffic lights to be used, and says BEAR Scotland have written to local residents to say funding has not been made available for the repairs.

Mr Lamont said: “I have had several local residents write to me in recent weeks to complain about the length of time it seems to be taking the Scottish Government to repair this stretch of road. As soon as the landslip occurred traffic lights were erected, but to date little has been done to carry out the necessary repairs.

“This section of the A68 is not only frequently used by those who live in the area, but also by those driving from further south to visit the Borders. However the traffic lights have severely slowed traffic flow and have caused a huge number of people delays over the last few weeks.

“With it being one of the busiest times of the year for tourism it is essential that the repair work is carried out as soon as possible so that the traffic lights can be removed. That is why I wrote to the Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, to let him know how urgently these repairs need to be carried out.”

“With some residents being told by BEAR Scotland that the money to do the repairs has not even been made available, their anger is totally understandable.

“Concerns have been raised that priorities are being given to other projects, but it is important that the SNP know how important it is to maintain a free flow of traffic on the A68.”