Danger fears removed by time changes at crossing

New Borders Railway sign in Tweedbank.
New Borders Railway sign in Tweedbank.

A controversial 90-second wait for pedestrians at the Green Man crossing at the transport interchange in Galashiels has been slashed.

Rail and bus passengers had faced the long delay at the crossing point in Ladhope Vale where the rail and bus stations are being built.

But Scottish Borders Council has now confirmed the waiting time has been cut to 30 seconds in line with other crossings on the town’s inner relief road, which follow national guidelines.

The council is also erecting signs explaining the route of the popular Black Path walk and cycleway which is being altered because of the railway and other projects.

The Campaign for Borders Rail has welcomed the interchange switch.

Chairman Simon Walton commented: “This is a small but modest victory for us. We were worried that a 90-second wait for the green man would undermine the performance of the new interchange and encourage dangerous crossings of the road by pedestrians during the long red man stage.”

Rail works, coupled with town-centre improvements and flood-prevention works, have meant changes to the Black Path.

Council leader David Parker said: “We realise there has been some disruption for users. However, these signs offer pedestrians and cyclists the opportunity to still use the sections which are open, while taking alternative routes at areas which are closed.”