Lamont calls for A68 repairs to be speeded up

Councillor Sandy Scott on the A68 just outside Jedburgh where a landslip has been causing distruption to the road.

Councillor Sandy Scott on the A68 just outside Jedburgh where a landslip has been causing distruption to the road.

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John Lamont has written to 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 the landslip two miles south of the town, and says BEAR Scotland has written to local residents to say funding has not been made available for the repairs.

BEAR has said funding will not be considered until investigation work is completed.

That is ongoing after ‘survey monitoring points’, installed during a repair at the location earlier this year, uncovered further ‘settlement’ in the road surface.

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.”

He added: “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.

“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.”

Jedburgh councillor Sandy Scott said the lights caused significant tail backs at times.

He added: “I am very frustrated because local residents seem to think that the council can rectify this situation when in reality it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government and their contractor BEAR.”

A spokesperson for BEAR Scotland said: “The traffic signals have been installed as a safety precaution whilst investigations are completed. Once investigations are complete a report will be submitted to Transport Scotland and solutions will then be considered.”