Accident figures on the A7 show slight increase

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THERE have been more serious accidents on the A7 in 2011 compared to last year.

Figures released by police at a meeting of the A7 Action Group in the town hall last week show that there were six serious accidents on that stretch of road (including one fatality), in comparison to 11 already this year.

Members of the group, which is chaired by Hawick MP Michael Moore, also heard that there had been 26 minor accidents this year compared to 29 last year; while damage-only accidents currently stand at 60, with 54 in 2010.

Meanwhile, Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has accepted an invitation to visit the area to discuss problems associated with the road.

Mr Moore met with the minister last Thursday.

A spokesperson told the Hawick News: “Michael took the opportunity to raise a number of issues regarding the A7, including the Selkirk bypass, safety on the Albert Bridge and Skipper’s Bridge south of Langholm. All these impact hugely on Hawick.”

It is hoped the visit could be arranged for spring next year.

A further update will be given at the next meeting of the group in Langholm in November.