Published: Friday, 24th November 2017
Lowood Bridge will be closed for two weeks for emergency works next month.
The closure, which will be 24 hours per day from Monday 4 December until Monday 18 December, is needed for safety reasons to allow work to the parapet walls of the B-listed structure to be carried out.
Diversions signs will be in place, with the alternative route via the A6091, A7 through Galashiels and B6374 road. Pedestrian access will also be restricted during the closure, with the Chain Bridge at Gattonside an alternative route for walkers.
- Services 60, 67 and 68
Service 60 and 67 departures from the Galashiels Transport Interchange, Monday to Saturday, and will operate via Langlee, Winston Road, Tweed Road, Kingsknowes roundabout for A6091 to BGH and normal route:
Service 60 (Monday to Friday) - 5.15am, 6.15am, 7.37am and 8am; Saturday - 6.30am
Service 67 (Monday to Saturday) - 7am
All other 60 and 67 departures from Galashiels will operate direct from the Transport Interchange via Abbotsford Road, Kingsknowes roundabout for A6091 to BGH for normal route.
Services 60, 67 and 68 from Melrose to Galashiels will operate direct from BGH to Kingsknowes Roundabout for Abbotsford Road, Braw Lads’ Brae to the Transport Interchange.
- Service 71
Service 71 will operate from Melrose Gait via Winston Road, Tweed Road, Kingsknowes roundabout for A6091 to BGH to Melrose in both directions all day.
- Service 313
Service 313 will operate from BGH to Kingsknowe roundabout, Tweed road, Winston road for normal route to Galashiels.
- SBC service 964 (Border Weaver) - an additional bus is being provided to run from Gattonside to Galashiels Transport Interchange at 10.14am and from Galashiels Transport Interchange to Gattonside at 12.45pm, Monday to Friday.
- Earlston High School E01 service - will leave Darnick 15 minutes early to allow for the diverted journey, with no change to the pick-up time for children in Gattonside.
Major works in 2018
Subject to a safety inspection on completion of the emergency works, the bridge is scheduled to reopen in time for the festive holidays. However, the bridge will close again in January 2018 for 20 weeks for a major repair and strengthening programme which will cost £640,000. The start date of these works will be confirmed before Christmas.
Once the full repair and strengthening programme is completed next year, Lowood Bridge’s 26 tonne weight limit affecting heavy vehicles will be removed.
Improvements to the Galafoot Bridge on the A6091 road by trunk road operator Amey will take place later in 2018, to avoid a clash with the Lowood Bridge works. However, Amey may need to carry out some short-term emergency works at the same time as the Lowood closure.
Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar
“In order to carry out these works to the parapet walls of the bridge safely, a full closure for two weeks is needed.
“It was felt important to reopen the bridge for the festive period, with the full repairs and strengthening works to follow in January 2018.
“We understand these closures will cause disruption to the local community and commuters, but this investment will ensure this vital transport link can be used for many years to come.”
The Lowood Bridge works are part of a programme of bridge repairs in 2017/18 which includes Clackmae Bridge near Earlston, Bowanhill Bridge near Teviothead and Bowden Church Bridge.
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The works are weather dependent - any change to the dates will be publicised via social media.