Published: Thursday, 11th July 2019
A series of road improvements begin this month ahead of the opening of the new Jedburgh Grammar Campus next year.
Works at various roads near the new Campus will begin on Monday 22 July and the overall improvements are expected to take four months.
The improvements are part of a Jedburgh Grammar Campus travel plan, which was created in consultation with the local community, parents, school pupils and local residents with the aim of ensuring the innovative facility can be safely accessed.
One of the main sections of the plan will be The Boundaries road being turned into a permanent one-way towards Waterside Road, with build outs being created to help slow down traffic and a new crossing point built.
This will require The Boundaries to be closed for four weeks from 22 July, with a diversion in place via Waterside Road, A68 and Oxnam Road. However, access for The Boundaries’ residents will be maintained.
Waterside Road/Priors Road/A68 junction improvements
Gas distribution company SGN will be carrying out eight weeks of work to upgrade the gas network for the new Campus from 22 July.
Part of this work will involve the setting up of three way lights on the A68 at the Waterside Road junction for six weeks. SGN will be manually controlling the lights during peak times to minimise inconvenience as much as possible.
A small section of Forthill Terrace nearest Waterside Road will be closed for the duration of the SGN project, while Bridge Street will be closed from 12 August for five weeks. Signed diversions will be in place. Parking will also be suspended from 1 to 37 Bongate.
As we also require to widen the same junction, as well as Waterside Road and a section of Priors Road, these works will start at the same time to minimise the disruption.
The footpath at Waterside Road will also be widened.
A new traffic light controlled crossing will be added to Oxnam Road this summer, while work will begin on improving the sports pitches adjacent to Howdenburn Drive.
Jedburgh Grammar Campus – which remains on course to open in spring 2020 - will have a host of facilities open to the public, such as a library, café and drop-in area.
The 2G and 3G sports pitches, rural skills area, multi-use games area, 100m running track and external changing pavilion will all also be available for community use.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure
“Jedburgh Grammar Campus is going to be an innovative new facility which will aim to serve the whole community.
“Ahead of its opening, it is important we ensure all access routes to the new campus are as safe as possible.
“As a result, we have produced a Jedburgh Grammar Campus travel plan, which involved consultation with parents, pupils and local residents before being finalising.
“We will endeavour to work with local community throughout the essential improvement programme and thank residents in advance for their patience during the works.”
The Council is taking forward the new community facility – which will replace the current Grammar School and Howdenburn and Parkside primaries - alongside development partner Hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM Construction.
The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28m from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.
Maps showing the works are available at SBC’s Flickr page.