Hawick Flood Protection Scheme update

Drone image of the River Teviot through Hawick

Published: Thursday, 31st October 2019

Progress continues to be made on the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, which will deliver protection from a 1 in 75 flood event to over 900 residential and commercial properties at risk along the River Teviot and Slitrig Water.

Commercial Road

Phase one advanced works

Phase one of the advanced works on Commercial Road has recommenced, with utility diversion work using traffic lights lasting until late 2019/early 2020 from Sainsbury’s entrance back towards Bath Street. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

Phase two advanced works

Phase two of the advanced works, between Sainsbury’s entrance and Laing Terrace, is scheduled to take place in early 2020. These works will require a full road closure over this section with an alternative access to Aldi being provided before the road closure commences.  

The closure had initially been proposed to take place in July 2019 but additional time was needed to deliver the obligations agreed with the community during its Community Traffic Management meetings.

This additional time has been used to design the temporary works required for the alternative diversion route through Princes Street and High Street.

The designs have been developed in partnership with Transport Scotland and Amey, who are responsible for the A7 trunk road through Hawick, with modifications being delivered over the new few months.

This restructuring of the advanced works schedule does not impact on the main works contract completion date or the delivery of flood protection to Hawick, which are still scheduled for completion in late 2022.

Victoria Footbridge closure - 4 and 5 November

A two-day closure of Victoria Footbridge will take place next week as part of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme’s advanced works.

The footbridge will be closed on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November to allow scaffolding to be removed from the structure, with the North Bridge being the alternative crossing.

Works have been ongoing on the bridge to allow a number of services to be diverted in order for the flood defences to be built.

The current footbridge will be removed as part of the Flood Scheme’s main works, which are due to begin next year. A replacement 2.5m wide bridge will be installed at the same location which will mean there will be no footbridge at the location of the Victoria Footbridge for a period of time. 

The Flood Scheme’s project team has set up the main works contract to ensure that either the Victoria Footbridge or the James Thomson Footbridge will always remain open through the duration of the works.

Tree Felling

The remainder of tree clearance works will commence from Monday 4 November. This includes the removal of a number of trees at Common Haugh, Little Haugh, Buccleuch Road and Duke Street, in that order.

The trees will be retained and stored, in the first instance, with the benefits arising going to the local community.

For every one tree removed, the Scheme is committed to planting 2.5 trees which will result in approximately 2,500 trees being planted in the Hawick catchment at the end of the Scheme.

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme

The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme will deliver multiple benefits to the town of Hawick, maximising the cultural, heritage, educational, environmental, energy and health opportunities in partnership with the community and external organisations.

This has included the creation of Community Vision and Traffic Management working groups to ensure key community stakeholders can help shape the project.

The six main elements of the scheme are as follows:

  • The Flood Protection Scheme, approved in December 2017
  • An advanced works contract to be completed before the Main Works takes place
  • A new wall at Commercial Road which will be both a flood wall and part of the A7 trunk road and jointly delivered by the scheme and Transport Scotland
  • A new pumping station within the waste-water treatment works delivered for Scottish Water
  • A major investment in a sustainable travel network delivered in partnership with SUSTRANS, including pedestrian and cycle pathways, new bridges, and associated infrastructure
  • Replacement community park and civic areas, including Little Haugh, Common Haugh and Weensland.

Further information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is being delivered in partnership with Scottish Government who are providing 80% funding of all eligible elements, with the remaining 20% funded by ourselves.

Further details on the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme are available on the Facebook page or website.