Temporary measures to be introduced to make Berwickshire more cycle and walking friendly

Published: Monday, 10th May 2021

Duns and Eyemouth communities are to benefit from a number of measures to encourage more walking and cycling over the summer period

Trial measures across Berwickshire 

Trial advisory cycle lanes will be installed in Eyemouth on the A1107 from the High School north to Deanhead, as well as along the New Harbour Road, to complement the ongoing speed limit trial.

A range of temporary measures will also be implemented in Duns, including an advisory cycle lane on the A6105 from Berwickshire High School along Newtown Street to Bridgend. Additionally, the direction of the one-way system on North Street will be reversed and Black Bull Street will become access only.

We will also be working with the local community and the Jim Clark Museum to determine the most appropriate place for a permanent, light-controlled, puffin crossing to be installed on Newtown Street.

The temporary measures are part of the Spaces for People programme, run in partnership with the Scottish Government, Sustrans and Transport Scotland aiming to encourage more active travel in the area and make Berwickshire a more appealing place to walk and cycle.

All measures have been made in consultation with Duns Community Council, Eyemouth Community Council and Elected Members.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Infrastructure, Travel and Transport

“Travel habits have changed significantly for many during the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result more and more people are choosing to walk and cycle around the region.

“The Spaces for People programme aims to make our towns and villages safer for residents and visitors by making temporary adaptations that encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.

“With lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, popular visitor destinations throughout Berwickshire are likely to see an increase in footfall, and these new measures will help make walking and cycling throughout the area easier and safer.”