Scott Street resurfacing improvements to get underway

Map of roadworks phase 1 and 2 on Scott Street

Published: Friday, 06th July 2018

A daytime closure of a Galashiels road to allow significant resurfacing improvements to take place begins later this month.

Scott Street was identified as one of 32 key routes across the Borders requiring improvements, as part of a £2.6million resurfacing programme this year.

Two phases

Phase one will see works take place from the junction of St John Street to immediately before the junction with Balmoral Place, from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August.

Phase two will see the section from Balmoral Place to Roxburgh Place resurfaced Monday 6 to Friday 10 August.

Each section of Scott Street will be closed 8.30am to 5pm while the works take place in these locations. Scott Street will be fully open for Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August.

Diversions will be in place during each phase and pedestrian access maintained at all times. However, several surrounding streets will see parking restrictions from 8am to 5pm during the works. Parking restrictions will apply where no waiting cones are in place.

Access to Galashiels Swimming Pool and the Focus Centre will be maintained when possible but only via Livingstone Place.  

Staff will be on site to assist with traffic, while a letter drop to local businesses and residents has taken place in advance of the resurfacing.

In addition, pavement and drainage works will take place from Monday 9 July for three weeks on Scott Street, with temporary traffic lights in place. Pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses and homes, although delays are expected.


Service 54 will be affected by the closures. 

From Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August between 8.30am and 5pm, the service will operate the normal route to:

Meigle Street and Victoria Street to Scott Street and then via Gala Park to St John Street and its normal route to the Transport Interchange.

From Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August, the same bus will operate the normal route to Gala Park then run via Victoria Street, Thistle Street left into Meigle Street then its normal route from Balmoral Avenue to Victoria Street. 

The route back to the Transport Interchange will be via:

  • Kirk Brae
  • Hall Street
  • Island Street
  • Bridge Place

Bin collections

Our waste service is prepared to set up alternative arrangements to ensure there is minimal disruption for household bin collections in the Scott Street area during the resurfacing programme, but remind households to have their bins ready to pick up by 7am on collection day.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

 “These resurfacing works on Scott Street will be welcomed by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in Galashiels.

“There will inevitably be disruption as a result but the Council has made a real effort to minimise this by opening the road at nights and during the weekend, maintaining access to the swimming pool and Focus Centre and having staff on site to assist the public where necessary.

“We have also been in discussions with trunk road operator Amey to make sure our works take place right at the start of the Galafoot Bridge improvement programme.

“We would ask local people and commuters to play their part and give themselves a bit extra time for their journeys during the resurfacing programme.”

Further Information

A map of the closure is available at on our Flickr page.

The 32 roads being resurfaced this year as part of the £2.6m programme are:


  • A6105 Chirnside Bridge
  • D14/6 South Street, Gavinton
  • D25/6 Crofts Road, Cockburnspath
  • D26/6 Callander Place, Cockburnspath
  • A697 East High Street, Greenlaw
  • B6437 Main Street Allanton
  • B6438 West End, Reston
  • B6461 Main Street, Leitholm
  • B6355 Main Street, Ayton
  • DC2/5 Cheviot Terrace, Coldstream


  • B6401 High Street, Yetholm
  • C41 Oxnam Road, Jedburgh
  • C132 Jedburgh Road, Kelso
  • DK58/4 Oakfield Court, Kelso


  • A699 Greycrook
  • C75 Chiefswood Road, Melrose
  • A6105 High Street, Earlston
  • C23 Scott Street, Galashiels
  • DS69/2 The Valley, Selkirk
  • DS72/2 Viewfield Park, Selkirk
  • D18/5 Huntshaw Road/Gun Place, Earlston

Teviot and Liddesdale

  • B6357 Under Burnmouth
  • A698 Weensland Road, Hawick
  • B6399 Bourtree Place, Hawick
  • D7/3 Overhall Road, Hawick
  • DH54/3 Ettrick Terrace, Hawick
  • DH78/3 Howden Bank, Hawick


  • A701 Romanno Bridge
  • A701 Hallow Burn
  • A72 High Street/Peebles Road, Innerleithen
  • DP77/1 Kingsmeadows Gardens, Peebles
  • D18/1 Caberston Road, Walkerburn