A708 road closure postponed

Published: Thursday, 26th February 2015

The closure of a section of A708 road for works associated with the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme has been postponed.

The decision has been made to allow a full design review to take place by the scheme’s design team and main works contractor, RJ McLeod. The review will enable RJ McLeod to bring their experience of construction into the scheme’s design.

The closure of the section of the A708 beyond the Waterwheel Café was due to start on Monday 2 March and to last for three months, to allow for road raising.

The requirement for a full road closure was not known until RJ McLeod confirmed their construction method earlier this month, which determined the approved scheme could not be built at the A708 without closing the road.

Works on hold as alternatives are considered

However, following discussions with the local community and other stakeholders, the works have been put on hold pending the review which will consider if there are any alternative design solutions which can be delivered. The review is expected to be completed in the summer.

The postponement of the works at A708 will have no implications for other sections of the Scheme.

Meanwhile, resurfacing improvements to the B7039, which links the Yarrow Valley at Bowhill to the Ettrick Valley, will be completed over the coming days.

Selkirk flood protection scheme

The £31.4million flood protection scheme will remove almost 600 properties in Selkirk from the flood risk register.

In August 2012, the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme became the first major flood protection scheme with an environmental statement to be approved under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

For more details on the Selkirk flood protection scheme, visit Selkirk flood protection scheme website.