Scottish Borders Council: A7 road improvements
28 February 2017
News release from Scottish Borders Council: Monday 27 February 2017
A7 road improvements require short-term closures
Two sections of the A7 road will be closed for a total of five days to allow for improvement works to take place.
A three-day closure at Crookston will begin on Monday 20 until Wednesday 22 March, followed by a two-day closure at Falahill on Thursday 23 to Friday 24 March.
Both closures will run from 9am to 4pm, with no access through the works during this time for motorists.
The timing of the closures aims to minimise disruption by allowing local people to still use the road outwith working and school hours.
The closure at Crookston – from B6358 road junction at Gilston south to Hazelbank Quarry at Fountainhall - is to allow road resurfacing works to be carried out.
During the Crookston closure, the X95 bus service will operate via the A68 road, with a shuttle bus taking passengers from Heriot to Tynehead and Fountainhall to Galashiels to join the X95.
The two-day Falahill closure - from the bus stop at Falahill to the Midlothian Boundary – will see the X95 bus service allowed to pass through the works as normal.
A speed restriction of 30mph will also be in place for a one mile stretch of the A7 at Crookston from Monday 6 to Wednesday 22 March to ensure adequate health and safety provisions are in place for preparatory works in advance of the resurfacing scheme.
There will be further improvements to the A7 at Torsonce, south of Stow, in early May, with more details to follow.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said: “The A7 is one of the busiest roads in the Borders with around 5,400 vehicles passing this section.
“The closures are unfortunately unavoidable for these works but efforts have been made to minimise the disruption and will result in an improved road surface at these sections.
“The Council is committed to maintaining its road network as best as it can, with an additional £2.4million provided in September 2016 to spend on roads and bridges in 2016/17, and an extra £15.6m over ten years for essential works to roads and key bridges announced as part of the Council budget in February.”
Notes to Editors
A map of the closure and diversion route is available at SBC’s Flickr page.
SBC is responsible for the northern stretch of the A7 road from Kingsknowes Roundabout at Galashiels to the Midlothian boundary. Transport Scotland is responsible for the A7 south of the Kingsknowes Roundabout.