Two week Lowood Bridge closure ahead of major works

24 November 2017

News release from Scottish Borders Council: Friday 24 November 2017
 

Two week Lowood Bridge closure ahead of major works

 
Lowood Bridge will be closed for two weeks for emergency works next month.
 
The closure, which will be 24 hours per day from Monday 4 December until Monday 18 December, is needed for safety reasons to allow work to the parapet walls of the B-listed structure to be carried out.
 
Diversion
 
Diversions signs will be in place, with the alternative route via the A6091, A7 through Galashiels and B6374 road. Pedestrian access will also be restricted during the closure, with the Chain Bridge at Gattonside an alternative route for walkers.
 
Buses
 
Services 60, 61, 67 and 68 will operate to and from Galashiels via Kingsknowe Roundabout to the Borders General Hospital.
 
Service 71 from Galashiels to Melrose will operate via Winston Road, Tweed Road and A6091 to the BGH, and Queen Elizabeth Square in Melrose Gait will be served in both directions.
 
However, to maintain service reliability, the 71 service will not operate via Paton Street and Bank Street for the Galashiels Transport Interchange.
 
Major works
 
Subject to a safety inspection on completion of the emergency works, the bridge is scheduled to reopen in time for the festive holidays. However, the bridge will close again in January 2018 for 20 weeks for a major repair and strengthening programme which will cost £640,000. The start date of these works will be confirmed before Christmas.
 
Once the full repair and strengthening programme is completed next year, Lowood Bridge’s 26 tonne weight limit affecting heavy vehicles will be removed.
 
Improvements to the Galafoot Bridge on the A6091 road by trunk road operator Amey will take place later in 2018, to avoid a clash with the Lowood Bridge works. However, Amey may need to carry out some short-term emergency works at the same time as the Lowood closure.
 
Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “In order to carry out these works to the parapet walls of the bridge safely, a full closure for two weeks is needed.
 
“It was felt important to reopen the bridge for the festive period, with the full repairs and strengthening works to follow in January 2018.
 
“We understand these closures will cause disruption to the local community and commuters, but this investment will ensure this vital transport link can be used for many years to come.”
 
The Lowood Bridge works are part of a programme of bridge repairs in 2017/18 which includes Clackmae Bridge near Earlston, Bowanhill Bridge near Teviothead and Bowden Church Bridge.
 
Notes to Editors
 
Images are available at SBC’s Flickr page.
 
The works are weather dependent - any change to the dates will be publicised via social media.   
 
For more information contact the Communications and Marketing team: 01835 826632 or communications@scotborders.gov.uk