Councillors throw weight behind drive to cut speed limit

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A PROPOSAL to reduce the speed limit on the A6088 from the Carter Bar to Hawick has been backed by local councillors, writes Sarah Williamson.

Scottish Borders Council is due to debate the possibility of a scheme to cut the speed limit on the rural road from 60 mph to 50 mph in a bid to reduce road accidents – with a similar change also suggested on the Moffat to Selkirk route.

Officials have said such a move could have “positive” results on road safety, and the proposed A6088 scheme has the early support of the Hawick and Denholm members.

Councillor Jock Houston told the Hawick News: “Some people drive like maniacs on this road and from now to the autumn it does seem to be targeted at the weekends by bikers.

“Residents in Bonchester Bridge and members of Hobkirk Community Council have often expressed concerns about the speed of traffic coming into the village from the south.”

However, Mr Houston has concerns about enforcing a new limit, a sentiment shared by Councillor Stuart Marshall, but who also said: “I would certainly not be against speed reductions, it’s an issue that comes my way regularly.”

Fellow Councillor Zandra Elliot added: “Speeding on this road does concern me and I think we have to look at any proposal which would improve safety.

“However, I appreciate it is early days and a full and thorough consultation will be necessary before any decisions are made.”