MSP hits out over ‘on-going fiasco’ of A68 repairs at Jed

John Lamont MSP
John Lamont MSP

John Lamont has called on the Scottish Government to intervene to bring to an end the “on-going fiasco” of repairs on the A68 at Lintalee, near Jedburgh.

Responding to a parliamentary question, minister for transport Keith Brown said: “Transport Scotland is committed to fully re-open the A68 as soon as possible.

“Significant ground and environmental investigations have been undertaken to ensure the long-term solution is robust.

“Transport Scotland are working with the operating company to complete the design and undertake the remedial measures as soon as practicable.

“The patience of the local community is appreciated while a permanent solution is designed and implemented.”

Mr Lamont said: “For 15 months now, and on occasions prior to this, road users have had to endure lane closures south of Jedburgh and Transport Scotland has told me this unacceptable situation is going to take another nine months to sort out.”

He added: “The minister’s reply suggests a permanent solution to this has not yet been agreed and I am concerned further problems may be discovered which could further extend the time the road is closed.

“The Scottish Government needs to intervene to end this on-going fiasco.”