A72 daytime closure for fatal accident investigations

Published: Monday, 4th December 2017

A section of the A72 road will be closed for two hours on Wednesday 6 December to allow Police Scotland to carry out investigations into a fatal accident.

The road will be closed from Walkerburn to the Nest roundabout from 9.30am to 11.30am to allow the investigations to take place into the accident which took place on 16 October.

Further details

  • During the closure, we will operate a one way system for eastbound traffic which will be diverted via the D83/2 Walkerburn to Ashiestiel road.
  • Westbound traffic will be directed via the A7 at the Bowland roundabout in Clovenfords, and along the A6094, A703 and back to the A72.   
  • Signage will also be in place to advise motorists that the B709 Heriot to Innerleithen road is not suitable for HGV vehicles.
  • Our staff will be on-site to direct motorists during the closure, as well as signage.
  • This closure is weather dependent but any cancellation will be communicated via our and Police Scotland’s social media channels and local radio.


  • The X62 bus (Edinburgh-Peebles-Melrose) eastbound service will operate as normal via the diversion.
  • The westbound X62 service (Melrose-Peebles-Edinburgh) will see both the 9.52am and 10.22am services depart from Walkerburn to Edinburgh, with the 10.30am departure from Galashiels expected to experience minor delays.
  • However, the 9.30am and 10am departures from Galashiels have been cancelled due to the closure.

Police Scotland Community Inspector Tony Hodges

“Police Scotland have worked closely with Scottish Borders Council to facilitate an essential part of this ongoing investigation with a view to ensuring minimal disruption to travellers.

“I would urge drivers to remain patient and adhere to the diversions being implemented by Council staff.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, our Executive Member of Roads and Infrastructure

“The Council and Police Scotland have co-ordinated the A72 closure which is allowing an important police investigation into a tragic accident to take place.

“The investigation takes place during the day to minimise the disruption for commuters and local community, and would ask drivers to remain on the signed diversion during the closure.”