Published: Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Work on a major road safety scheme at the A6091-Borders General Hospital junction will begin in February 2018.
The work, being carried out by trunk road operator Amey, will begin on Monday 5 February 2018 for six weeks.
- This scheme has been developed to improve the safety of road users making left or right turns at the junction, by installing a new traffic lights system;
- In addition, a new ‘hurry on’ system will be installed, which will improve the flow of traffic and allow a faster entry/exit for ambulances.
Impact during works
Access to the BGH, Huntlyburn Ward, Ambulance Station and Busy Bees nursery will be maintained for the period of the works, with ambulance services operating as normal for the duration of the works. The scheme will be constructed using a temporary traffic light system, utilising single lane closures with no significant delays anticipated.
Patients attending the BGH for appointments, as well as staff and visitors should allow extra time for their journey and plan their travel in advance.
Road users should allow extra time for their journey and plan their travel in advance.
Why is the work being carried out?
- The scheme is a response to a number of accidents in and around the junction;
- Latest figures show a total of 16 accidents have taken place in ten years from 2006 to 2015;
- Most accidents/near misses would appear to be due to drivers misjudging speed of other drivers on the approach to the junction;
- Works have taken place at this location, which include the installation of a Vehicle Actuated Sign and a banned right turn from the minor road in effort to reduce accidents.
These works will take place at the same time as essential maintenance by us on the B6374 Lowood Bridge. Along with Amey, we will be monitoring traffic flows carefully to ensure there are no significant traffic issues arising from these schemes.
The scheme has been planned in consultation with Borders General Hospital, the Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS Borders, Police Scotland, local elected members and bus operating companies.
Councillor David Parker, our Convener and local Melrose and Leaderdale Councillor
“I am delighted that this important road safety scheme at the BGH junction is going ahead.
“The Council is working alongside Amey, Transport Scotland, NHS Borders and the Scottish Ambulance Service on this project and while there will be some disruption to travel during the works, we believe the result will be less accidents and near misses.
“There will be a series of opportunities for the local community to hear about this scheme at upcoming community council meetings and a planned drop-in session.”
John Raine, NHS Borders Chairman
“We are pleased that these important road safety works will soon be underway. This will ensure that the junction to the Borders General Hospital is much safer for our patients, visitors and staff.
“To deliver these improvements we are working closely with partners at Transport Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Borders Council, Police Scotland and Amey.”
Tom Wallace, Amey Account Manager for the SE Trunk Roads Unit
“This is an important road safety initiative, and we have worked very closely with our stakeholders, including Borders General Hospital and Scottish Borders Council to reduce the possible impact on road users.
"A planned scheme on the A7 Galafoot Bridge, which would have coincided with this scheme, has been rescheduled, and only emergency repairs will be undertaken, if necessary.”
This work is weather-dependent so road users should continue to check for updates with Amey, the company responsible for managing and maintaining the South-East Trunk Roads network, who is undertaking this work on behalf of Transport Scotland.