Road Safety Improvement system on A6091 Borders General Hospital now operational

4 April 2018


A scheme to improve road traffic safety on the A6091, at the junction with Borders General Hospital, will be completed on Wednesday 4th April 2018 when the new traffic light system is put into operation. A temporary speed limit of 40mph will be in operation at first, until some additional improvements are put in place, although these snagging works are not expected to cause any significant disruption.

This work will improve the safety of around 11,400 road users, who travel this route each day, and who make left or right turns at the junction. In addition, a new ‘hurry on’ system has been installed, which will improve the flow of traffic and allow a faster entry/exit for ambulances.

The scheme has been delivered, on behalf of Transport Scotland, in co-ordination with Borders General Hospital, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Police Scotland, local elected members and bus operating companies.

The additional snagging works are being undertaken to make good any damage to verges or road markings while the work was taking place. This includes the introduction of a new mast arm for the traffic light system and the restoration of hatched markings at the hospital entrance. This work will be done in the coming weeks under daytime single lane closures, outwith peak times, and is not expected to cause any significant disruption. The site will continue to be monitored to ensure the new system is operating as planned.

Councillor David Parker, Scottish Borders Council Convener and local Councillor for Melrose and Leaderdale, said: “A lot of work has gone into this project by Amey and I am confident it will make the BGH junction considerably safer for drivers.

“We are pleased to have worked beside Amey, Transport Scotland, NHS Borders and the Scottish Ambulance Service to make this happen, and thank the Borders public for their patience and understanding during the works.

“We would ask motorists to take their time to get used to the new arrangements, which we believe will result in less accidents and near misses.”

John Raine, NHS Borders Chairman, said: “On behalf of my Board I want to say a big thank you to those who have delivered this road safety scheme working hard in often harsh weather conditions. This junction has been hazardous for too many years and the improvements will be welcomed by our staff and visitors to the hospital. These traffic controls will do much to put people's minds at rest. The whole project has been the result of teamwork between Scottish Borders Council, Amey, Transport Scotland and NHS Borders."

The scheme is a response to several accidents in and around the junction. Latest figures show a total of 16 accidents have taken place in ten years from 2006 to 2015. Most accidents/near misses would appear to be due to drivers misjudging speed of other drivers on the approach to the junction.

Derek Williamson, Road Safety Manager at Transport Scotland, said: “We welcome this project, which will assist with improving safety at one of the Scottish Borders busiest junctions. This scheme, which has been designed as part of Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety Project, will contribute to the Scottish Government’s 2020 accident reduction targets.”

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

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