Two-day closure required as Dirtpot Corner nears completion

Dirtpot Corner

Published: Thursday, 06th June 2019

A two-day closure of the A72 at Dirtpot Corner is required this month as the £2.2million improvement scheme nears completion.

The closure of the Corner – situated between Innerleithen and Peebles – is needed to allow the road to be fully resurfaced and is scheduled to take place on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June, between 9am and 5pm each day.

This section of the A72 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.

After the closure, traffic lights will return to Dirtpot Corner for a short period of time to allow finishing works to be completed before it is fully reopened.

Diversion

  • Drivers should travel via the official diversion route - A7, B6392, A6094, A703 and back to the A72 - if heading westbound, and the reverse journey if travelling east.
  • However, if local access is required, a convoy system will be in place from the B709/B7062 Traquair junction to Cardrona/A72 junction.
  • The convoy could take as long as 30 minutes which is why drivers are requested to use the alternative route if travelling on these days if possible.
  • The convoy system is not suitable for HGVs, who are strongly advised to travel via the official diversion route

Buses

Bus services will run as normal but via convoy system so passengers should expect delays. This includes school buses taking pupils home from Peebles High School.

How will you let people know?

  • Electronic signage will be put in place to advise motorists of the upcoming closure, with additional signage being put in place at both ends of the A72.
  • Signage will also be in place to ensure drivers are aware of the convoy system, while letters will be sent to local residents and businesses
  • Staff will also be on site to assist throughout the closure period.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“We have recognised the importance of the A72 as a vital east-west link which is why the Dirtpot Corner improvement scheme was designed to minimise road closures by carrying out most of the construction work from the river bank.

“However, in order to resurface the Corner safely, we now have to close this section of the road for two days.

“We would encourage commuters and local people to avoid the area on 24 and 25 June if possible, with a convoy system in place for local use if required.”

Tweeddale East Councillors Stuart Bell, Shona Haslam and Robin Tatler

“Dirtpot Corner improvement scheme has made fantastic progress, with a new six metre high wall protecting the A72 from the River Tweed now in place, allowing the road to be widened by three metres.

“We must thank the local community for their patience during the scheme, and during the two-day closure would ask they give themselves extra time for their journeys.”

Photos and video

Latest aerial images of the Dirtpot Corner improvement scheme are available at our Flickr page.

A latest video from March 2019 is available at our YouTube channel.

The Dirtpot Corner improvement scheme was announced as part of ourbudget in February 2018, with £86million investment for road/transport infrastructure over the next 10 years planned.