A7 road delays to last until Monday
DRIVERS travelling between Selkirk and Galashiels face further traffic trouble as roadworks on the A7 continue until Monday.
The resurfacing project between Boleside and Lindean by BEAR Scotland was due to be completed today, but bad weather has seen it delayed.
It means motorists face more disruptions, with two-mile tailbacks reaching the sheriff court building and Kingsknowes Roundabout.
This week drivers reported delays of an hour and First Bus said its X95 service – which runs between Edinburgh and Carlisle – was set back by 45 minutes on Monday morning, when both sets of temporary traffic lights were stuck on red.
Selkirk Community Council chairman Graham Easton said: “My wife travelled from Selkirk to Langlee for work this week and it took her an hour.
“I have had people tell me about the length of time it has taken to negotiate the roadworks and there seems to have been a problem with the lights.
“Obviously it is good that the road surface is being improved, but the length of time people are having to wait is not really acceptable.”
A BEAR Scotland spokesperson said: “The essential resurfacing works on the A7 from Lindean to Boleside were programmed to last six nights and six working days, from January 31 through to Friday, February 8.
“The works were cancelled on Tuesday, February 5, as a result of the snow overnight.
“This delay will add an additional day to the programme, with the works planned for completion on Monday, February 11.”
Repairs have taken place between 8.30am and 4.30pm before starting up again at 6.30pm until 1am.
The £185,000 scheme, carried out by Aggregate Industries on behalf of BEAR, has used a convoy system with a speed limit of 10mph during working hours, with lights controlling traffic when no work has taken place. There has also been restricted access to the B7060 to Yair, B6360 to Tweedbank roundabout and the unclassified Lindean road.
Ian Stewart, of BEAR, told The Wee Paper last week: “We regret that there may be some disruption and would advise motorists to allow additional time for their journeys and to plan ahead.”
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