A6091 Galafoot Bridge - Phase 2

4 February 2019



Road users advised to take extra care when travelling through roadworks and diversions

The second phase of a programmed essential repair scheme on the eastbound carriageway of the A6091 at Galafoot Bridge, commenced on Monday 4th February 2019. The scheme will utilise both day and night shifts, when feasible and allowable, for 12 weeks.

This essential work, with an overall value of around £800,000, will ensure the bridge remains safe for use and fit for purpose, in addition to significantly prolonging the life of the structure and reducing the need for more extensive repairs in the future.

During Phase 1, several vehicles did not follow temporary traffic signs, through the roadworks and diversion route, and risking collision with other vehicles -  putting other road users and themselves at risk. Police Scotland charged 2 motorists and cautioned or identified a further 6 during this phase of this scheme.

Changes have been made to further clarify the diversion routes, and additional signage will be in place for Phase 2, but road users are being urged to follow the signed diversion route to ensure the safety of road workers and the travelling public.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland, said: “During the last repairs carried out at Galafoot Bridge, a small number of motorists decided to ignore the diversions and closures. This is not only inconsiderate but extremely dangerous. During this second phase of repairs, the police will be taking a zero-tolerance approach and any driver caught committing offences will be charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Phase 1 of the scheme to repair the westbound carriageway was completed on Sunday 18th November 2018, with the scheme divided into two phases to allow for the road to re-open over the festive period. Over 5% of the volume of the reinforced concrete deck structure of the bridge was repaired on the westbound carriageway during Phase 1, and the Phase 2 scheme allows for a similar level of repair to be undertaken on the eastbound carriageway.

During Phase 2, Galafoot Bridge will remain open as normal to traffic travelling Westbound. Eastbound traffic will be diverted via the A7 to the B6360 Abbotsford to Tweedbank. Lowood Bridge will remain open throughout the works, with some adjustments to traffic signal timings to assist in reducing congestion.

Emergency services will use the B6360 Abbotsford to Tweedbank route, unfortunately this route is not suitable for HGV’s, which will be directed via Selkirk and St. Boswells (A7, A699, A68).

Additional night resurfacing works will take place on Tuesday 5th February from 9pm until 6am on Wednesday 6th February.

This work requires a full road closure of the A6091 between Kingsknowe and Tweedbank Roundabout. The advertised westbound diversion will be via A68, A699 & A7 however please note Lowood Bridge will remain open. Vehicles travelling eastbound will be diverted via the B6360 Abbotsford House Road and HGVs via A7, A699, A68

A further limited number of operations will require the full bridge to be closed. These closures will be advertised on the Variable Message Signs located on the A7 in Galashiels, Selkirk & A68, and via our other communications channels, including this website, social media and media releases.

This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, local businesses, bus operating companies, Borders General Hospital, road haulage associations, elected members and Scottish Borders Council.

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org  or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland

To report a problem on the network please visit: http://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/report-a-problem/ We are also on Twitter: @SETrunk Roads

Road users advised to take extra care when travelling through these roadworks
Please follow signage