Dirtpot Corner road improvement scheme

Published: 12th March 2019

A £2.2million major road safety scheme to improve Dirtpot Corner near Peebles.

Latest news

20 March 2019 - the latest video update on the scheme is available.

With the foundations and six metre high wall now in place, work is set to begin on the concrete support for the safety parapet, with the widening of the road to follow.

The scheme is still on course to be completed by early summer 2019.

12 March 2019 - Good progress is being made on Dirtpot Corner improvement scheme which is still scheduled to be completed by early summer.

Latest progress images are available.

12 October 2018 - a video update on the scheme is available.

The scheme is making good progress. We have put in a platform to allow plant machinery to get in to do the works.

We have started the micro-piling for the excavations for the new retaining wall. The micro-piling involves us drilling down and anchoring the foundations into the rock below.

The next stage after drilling in the foundations will be drilling into the side slope to allow us to tie the wall in to hold it up.

Considering the local environment is key to this project, which is why we have an ecological clerk of works on site to ensure all protection measures are in place.

We thank local motorists for their patience as the scheme continues.

8 August - The project begins on Monday 13 August and will improve the safety of the narrow stretch of the A72 road between Innerleithen and Peebles.

This section of the road has seen a number of accidents in recent years but the improvement scheme will provide significant extra road width, a better road surface and modern road safety fencing and parapet.

A key aspect of the scheme is that much of the construction work can be undertaken from the river bank. This was considered the best option as it reduces the environmental impact and cost of the project and minimises the impact on traffic on the road.

Impact on road users

During the works, Dirtpot Corner will see a 30mph speed limit introduced, with temporary traffic lights used at various stages in the scheme.

A short-term closure is only likely to be required in the closing stages of the project, which is due to last a total of around 10 months and be completed in early summer 2019.

Buses will continue to operate as normal during the works.

There is expected to be some disruption during the works and we would ask local people and commuters to give themselves some extra time for their journeys.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“The A72 is a vital east-west link for the Borders and it is important it is fit for this purpose.

“One of the areas of concern on the A72 has been the narrow bend at Dirtpot Corner, which is why I am delighted that work is now set to begin to significantly improve it.

“A variety of works will be carried out as part of this project, which will not only make Dirtpot Corner safer to negotiate but do so without disrupting the local environment and road users in a significant way.”

Tweeddale East Councillors Stuart Bell, Shona Haslam and Robin Tatler

“The issue of Dirtpot Corner has been a long standing one for regular users of the A72 and local people in Tweeddale, with the local community and Councillors calling for action.

“It is great news that work is now to start, removing this pinch point and making the corner much safer for all vehicles."


The Dirtpot Corner road safety scheme was announced as part of our budget in February this year, with £22m being invested into roads and bridges over the next three years and £79m planned investment over the next ten years.