No barrier needed at bend says council
Published at 21:34, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
A BARRIER is not needed on a dangerous bend south of Newcastleton, according to Scottish Borders council.
It says the trees are strong enough to stop vehicles from ending up in the river if they leave the road.
The community council heard that the council had looked at the accident database for Polif Corner and there had been only two personal injury accidents. In one the vehicle left the road and was stopped by the trees.
Chairman Terry Murphy said: “They say we don’t need a barrier to stop us falling off the edge but there’s nothing to stop you from killing yourself by hitting a tree.
“I can recall five accidents, although not all personal injury. It’s a really nasty bend and I think we should keep this on the agenda. It was a fatuous response to say the trees will stop you from falling into the river.
“I have skidded on that stretch of road myself on a damp morning and snaked round the corner.”
Martin Craig said the whole point of a barrier was to deflect the vehicle back into the road.
Hawick & Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson said he would pass on their displeasure to the council.
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