Historic bridge on busy route to close for two days

A detailed inspection of a busy bridge near Melrose will require a two-day closure in early June.

Lowood Bridge – which is B-listed, over 250 years old and forms a main route between Galashiels and Melrose, will be closed on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, between the hours of 9.30am-4pm.

The closure is needed to allow a large mobile platform to be used by structural engineers to access all areas of the bridge, which will mean a detailed assessment of the bridge’s current condition can be made.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “It is important the council can fully inspect the bridge to discover its current condition.

“From that, the council can make an informed decision on whether remedial work is needed.

“The council apologises to the public for the closure, but we have recognised this is a well-used route and have kept the bridge open during busier commuter times in the morning and evening.”