Condition of Commercial Road is driving motorists potty

Loose drain covers and pot holes have been causing problems for motorists using Commercial Road
Loose drain covers and pot holes have been causing problems for motorists using Commercial Road

THE condition of Commercial Road has been branded “an absolute disgrace”.

And local councillor Stuart Marshall has demanded showdown talks with trunk road managers Bear and Transport Scotland.

The matter was raised three weeks ago to Councillor Marshall, police and roads officials at Scottish Borders Council.

And despite a subsequent request for a site meeting, the calls have so far been ignored.

Councillor Marshall told the Hawick News: “The condition of Commercial Road is an absolute disgrace.

“I don’t think that there is a drain cover that’s not loose, potholes are also visible and many of my constituents have simply had enough.

“It’s the responsibility of BEAR and ultimately Transport Scotland to get it sorted and I’m applying all the pressure I can in order for them to do so.”

There are similar concerns over the condition of the road surface at the roundabout at North Bridge, while the approach to the roundabout is in need of white lining.

Councillor Marshall added: “The roundabout is equally bad with motorists facing several hazards.

“The sooner this meeting takes place the better.” Officials from Bear have carried out a safety study of Commercial Road, where a number of issues, including the signage at the North Bridge roundabout, have been identified for improvement.

However, it is understood works could be completed in the summer. And with plans also mooted for a new roundabout at Victoria Road – as revealed by the Hawick News earlier this month – it could mean more misery for motorists.

A spokesperson for Bear said: “Resurfacing works on Commercial Road are planned to be undertaken later this year and proposals are currently with Transport Scotland for approval. More information will be available on these works in the coming months.

“We would encourage members of the public to report any defects either through Transport Scotland’s freephone customer care line or via our website.”