Daytime closure of section of A708 road

Published: 16th September 2019

Roadworks warning triangle sign on a public road junction

A section of the A708 road between Selkirk and Yarrowford will undergo a daytime closure for three weeks of resurfacing and drainage works.

The road at Foulshiels will be shut between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays from Monday 23 September to Monday 14 October.

Full details

However, the road will be fully open at weekends between the works:

  • Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September
  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October
  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.

Diversion route

The official diversion route is via A708, A701, A72, A707 but school transport will continue as normal.

Maps of the work area and diversion route are available at our Flickr page.

A letter drop to local businesses and residents has been carried out with full details of the works, while a number of local events taking place during the works will be accommodated.

Road open on Friday 27 September

The road will be fully reopened on Friday 27 September to allow access to a Macmillan coffee morning in Yarrowford. The road will close again on Monday 30 September.

A701 three day closure between Leadburn and Lamancha

Motorists travelling from Edinburgh area should also be aware of a three-day closure of the A701 between Leadburn and Lamancha on Monday 23 September for patching works between the hours of 8am and 3.30pm.

This will not affect the official diversion route but those travelling from Edinburgh area should use the A702 or A703 to access A701, with signage again in place.

Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar

“These works will see drainage improvements, road edge repairs and resurfacing take place, which will provide a better experience for users of the A708.

“We realise this daytime closure will cause some disruption for users of this busy cross-country route, but it is vital it is carried out ahead of winter and the poorer weather.

“The road will be open for evenings and early mornings during weekdays, and fully open at weekends.

“We thank road users in advance for their patience and cooperation during the closure.”