Roads to close as Gala works continue

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TWO main roads through Galashiels’ will be shut this weekend.

Island Street and High Street will be shut from 6pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday for the latest work on the Galashiels Inner Relief Road project to take place.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has to alter the traffic signals and island at the meeting of the two streets, to turn it into a new junction to accommodate two-way traffic on Bridge Place.

An SBC spokesperson said the timing of the work followed consultation with stakeholder groups and emergency services - with ambulances from the nearby station at Roxburgh Street frequently using the route.

The spokesperson added: “To carry out this work during the normal working day would have required traffic management that would significantly slow down progress of the works or force a full closure of Island Street and High Street.

“This would have required traffic flows to be diverted on to adjacent streets which might have caused significant disruption in the town.

“As the works are being undertaken in the vicinity of residential properties, the contractor will be working within the strict noise limits set by environmental health and all efforts will be made to undertake the noisier operations before 10pm.

“SBC apologises in advance for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause.”

Anyone with queries should contact Alex Paris (construction site manager) on 07707 957989 or, while the works are being undertaken, Ian Brotherston on 07776463093.

Diversions

Westbound traffic accessing the A72 towards Peebles – diverted at Abbotsford Road on to Church Street/Scott Street/Gala Park to join the A72 again at Hall Street. Parking restrictions will be in place along these streets to provide less obstructions for larger vehicles;

Eastbound traffic – same route as westbound traffic;

Northbound traffic accessing the A7 towards Edinburgh – access Albert Place/Bank Street as normal, but diverted on to Sime Place/Bridge Street, which will have the traffic direction reversed to access Bridge Place;

Southbound traffic from the A7 – unaffected.