Drop-In Session planned ahead of Borders General Hospital safety scheme

19 January 2018


For immediate release


A drop-in session for residents, businesses and other members of the community interested in the forthcoming A6091 BGH road safety improvement scheme will take place between noon and 8pm on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

The venue is the Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PN.The drop-in session will allow the public to gain information about the scheme and the new traffic control system, and provides an opportunity to speak to the engineers responsible for developing the scheme.

The works, which begin on Monday 5th February 2018 for six weeks, will improve road traffic safety on the A6091, at the junction with Borders General Hospital.

This route is used by around 11,400 vehicles each day, and this scheme has been developed to improve the safety of road users making left or right turns at the junction, by installing a new traffic lights system. In addition, a new ‘hurry on’ system will be installed, which will improve the flow of traffic and allow a faster entry/exit for ambulances.

Access to the BGH, Huntlyburn Ward, Ambulance Station and Busy Bees nursery will be maintained for the period of the works; with ambulance services operating as normal for the duration of the works. The scheme will be constructed using a temporary traffic light system, utilising single lane closures with no significant delays anticipated.

Advance notices signs are in place, and patients with appointments at the BGH scheduled for the period of the works have been informed in their appointment letters.

Patients attending the BGH for appointments, as well as staff and visitors should allow extra time for their journey and plan their travel in advance.

This scheme is taking place at the same time as essential maintenance by Scottish Borders Council on the B6374 Lowood Bridge, which will see the bridge closed for 20 weeks from Wednesday 31 January. The Council and Amey will be monitoring traffic flows carefully to ensure there are no significant traffic issues arising from these schemes and ask drivers in local area to be considerate to fellow road users during the works  Drivers can keep up to date with the Lowood Bridge project at www.scotborders.gov.uk/lowoodbridge.

Members of the Council’s Lowood Bridge project team will also be present at the drop-in session to discuss their plans.

The scheme has been planned in consultation with Borders General Hospital, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Police Scotland, local elected members and bus operating companies.

This work is weather-dependent so road users should continue to check for updates on the Amey SE Trunk Roads network website at: https://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/

Amey, the company responsible for managing and maintaining the South-East Trunk Roads network, is undertaking this work on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org  or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland.

To report a problem on the network please visit: http://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/report-a-problem/