Closures for repairs to cause traffic chaos
DRIVERS are being urged to avoid Langholm this Sunday as the A7 at Skippers Bridge and in the High Street is closed for repairs.
The road will also be closed on Sunday, March 5 at Skippers Bridge only and, if the work is not completed, it will be shut for a third Sunday on March 12.
Essential maintenance to repair the storm-damaged cutwater and parapets at Skippers Bridge, will require a programme of daytime full carriageway closures at this location.
The bridge was damaged during Storm Desmond in December 2015 and, as a temporary measure, large stone blocks were placed in front of the cutwater to protect it.
During the Sunday closures access to the minor roads immediately south of the bridge will be maintained from the southern approach, although this will not be possible for vehicles approaching from the north.
A signed diversion route will be in operation while these works are taking place.
Traffic heading south from Hawick will be diverted via the A698 to the A6088 and will then join the B6357 through Newcastleton to return to the A7 at Canonbie.
Traffic heading north from Canonbie will be diverted via the B7201 to the B6357 and will then join the A6088 to the A698 and return to the A7 at Hawick.
Bus operators have been consulted about these works and Amey, which is carrying out the work for Transport Scotland, will continue to work with them to maintain regular services, whenever possible.
All works are weather dependent and may be subject to change. Further updates will be issued, if needed.
The work has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, Dumfries and Galloway planning authority, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, landowners and road hauliers.
Real-time journey information is on www.trafficscotland.org or via Twitter @TrafficScotland.
The High Street closure this Sunday will run from the junction of Rosevale Street to 30m beyond the pedestrian crossing outside Latimer's.
In David Street and John Street the one-way system will be reversed to allow access to and from the hospital and surrounding area.
The diversion for local traffic will be along Drove Road for both north and southbound vehicles. People who park their cars in Drove Road are being asked to find an alternative location.
The closure of the A7 will result in a diversion and interruption to some First Borders X95 services to and from Langholm on the two Sundays.
Service X95 will follow a southbound diversion from Hawick Mart to Canonbie at 9.21am, 11.21am and 3.21pm and it will not be possible to serve Langholm at these times. The diversion will also be in place for the northbound 11am and 1pm services on these days.
Northbound and southbound services will return to the normal route after 5pm on both days.
Lee Young, operations manager, said: “First Borders has been advised of the need for these essential bridge works and we recognise this will cause some disruption for passengers in Langholm in particular.
“We have worked closely with the council and other partners to minimise this disruption to daytime services on the two Sundays and are providing information for passengers on vehicles, at bus stops and online.”