A698 Knowesouth road resurfacing improvements to begin

Roadworks warning triangle sign on a public road junction

Published: Monday, 05th February 2018

A section of the A698 road will be closed for seven days in February for major resurfacing improvements.

The £120,000 scheme will see the A698 closed at Knowesouth between Jedburgh and Hawick from:

  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 February and Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February
  • at 9am to 4.30pm each day.

Preparatory works will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February at 9am to 4.30pm, with traffic lights in operation.

The road will be fully open on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February and Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February to minimise the disruption.

For safety reasons, a temporary 30mph speed limit will be imposed on the Knowesouth section of the A698 which is being resurfaced for the duration of the scheme, from 12 to 27 February.

Advanced warning signs will also be in place this week to inform road users of the closure and that local businesses are open as usual.

Alternative route

Eastbound traffic should travel via the A698, A7, A699 and A68, with westbound traffic travelling the opposite way.


A demand responsive shuttle bus will operate between Knowesouth and Jedburgh. The shuttle will be operated by Peter Hogg of Jedburgh on the current 20 service timetable and can be booked in advance by calling 01835 863 755.

For any further information regarding the shuttle and timings, please contact Peter Hogg of Jedburgh on 01835 863 755.

School buses will be allowed through the closure.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, our Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“This is an important resurfacing scheme which will provide an improved road for users of this busy route.

“We have tried to minimise the impact on local people and businesses by making this scheme a daytime closure which will not operate at weekends, while local businesses can still be accessed during the closure.

“We thank local people and road users in advance for their patience during these works.”

More information

A map of the closure and diversion route is available at our Flickr page.

More information on roads in the Borders is available.