Voters opt for second bridge

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ALTHOUGH less than 200 people replied to a survey on Peebles’ transport issues, the majority of those who did are in favour of a new road bridge.

A total of 65 per cent of 162 responses – representing around two per cent of the town’s 8,000 population – preferred a second River Tweed crossing.

And the most popular site fwas the old rail alignment north of the existing roundabout at the A72/A703, which attracted 23 per cent of votes.

Close behind with 21 per cent was Cavalry Park West which would pass through Kerfield Farm, linking to a new A72 road junction.

The least popular location, with just four per cent of the vote, was at Whitestone Park.

The poll also revealed a key traffic concern for Peebleans was the number of vehicles using the town’s roads, followed by pedestrian safety.

The survey’s results will be included in a report to Scottish Borders Council this summer which will then look to agree the next step.

It is hoped a final decision on a new road bridge will be made by the middle of next year, once appraisal work has been undertaken and further consultation has been carried out within the community.

Councillor Jim Fullarton, executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “The consultation exercise in Peebles was well attended and we received lots of relevant comments from members of the general public and local interest groups. It is important that we take these comments on board and move forward to the next stage of the process.”