Published: Wednesday, 10th January 2018
A major repair and strengthening programme to safeguard the future of the historic Lowood Bridge begins this month.
The B-listed bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from Wednesday 31 January for around 20 weeks to allow the repairs to be carried out safely.
Once the £640,000 works are completed, which is expected to be in June 2018, 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.
Diversions signs will be in place, with the alternative route via the A6091, A7 through Galashiels and B6374 road. Pedestrians can use the Chain Bridge at Gattonside as an alternative route.
The following 60 service departures by Borders Buses from the Galashiels Transport Interchange, Monday to Saturday, 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
In addition, the 8am service from Galashiels will leave five minutes earlier on schooldays at 7.55am, calling at Langlee at 8am
- Service 67 (Monday to Saturday) – the 7am service will leave Galashiels five minutes earlier at 6.55am, calling at Langlee at 7am
All other 60 and 67 departures from Galashiels will operate direct from the Transport Interchange via Abbotsford Road, Kingsknowes Roundabout, Tweedbank Industrial Estate for A6091 to BGH for normal route.
Services 60, 67 and 68 from Melrose to Galashiels will operate direct from BGH to Kingsknowes Roundabout, Abbotsford Road and Currie Road to the Transport Interchange. Buses will call at Tweedbank Industrial Estate on request to the driver by passengers.
Service 61 - will operate via Tweedbank and Langlee when travelling to Galashiels on request to the driver by passengers.
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 - will operate from BGH to Kingsknowes Roundabout, Tweed Road and Winston Road for normal route to Galashiels.
Earlston High School E01 service - will serve Darnick before calling at Gattonside both morning and afternoon.
A temporary bus stop at Winston Road has also been added for use during the Lowood Bridge closure.
Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar
“We appreciate the closure of Lowood Bridge will have a significant impact but once these essential works are completed, weight restrictions will be removed and the bridge can once again be used by all vehicles and pedestrians.
“We would ask local people and commuters to give themselves a bit extra time for their journeys during the repair and strengthening works to the bridge, which 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.
Images are available at our Flickr page.
The works are weather dependent - any changes will be publicised via social media.