Consultation to be held on Borderers experience of Chiefswood Road one-way trial


Published: Monday, 13th September 2021

We're holding a consultation to get feedback on the Chiefswood Road temporary one-way trial that took place over the summer months

The trial was funded via the SUSTRANS Spaces for People programme with the aim of obtaining usage data to support a possible funding bid for a new dedicated, off-road pathway to run alongside Chiefswood Road.

The consultation is an opportunity for local Melrose and Darnick residents, as well as the wider community, to share their views of the trial and assist with the evaluation.

Consultation open 10 September to 25 October 2021

The consultation is open Friday 10 September to Monday 25 October and can be completed on Citizen Space.

Chiefswood Road trial to end 26 September

The trial itself is due to end at 6pm on Sunday 26 September when Chiefswood Road and Wester Farm Road will revert to their original two-way status.

To allow for the safe removal of the temporary infrastructure and to trim hedges and sweep roads, both roads will be completely closed between 8am-6pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September following which they will return to two-way flow.

We will retain the 20mph speed limit on Chiefswood Road as part of the wider 20mph trial across the Borders.   

More information

More information about the trial process is available on the our website.

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

"We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the trail which has enabled us to gather vital data to support the development of a safe pedestrian and cycle path along the route.

“Our initial evaluations would indicate that numbers using the path justify further work to plan for a new shared pedestrian and cycle path option which would operate alongside a two-way Chiefswood Road, but we are keen to get further input from the local community to so we can take their further views into account.

“In the meantime, we will be working with our partners Sustrans to properly evaluate the effectiveness of the trial, incorporating feedback from the consultation once that has been concluded.

“We plan to have more information about the next steps available before the end of the year when we will hold further consultation and discussion within the local community.”