Pot holes on A7 ‘dangerous’ and ‘downright unacceptable’
ANGRY motorists are being driven round the bend by the number of pot holes in the town’s roads.
And furious local councillor Stuart Marshall has demanded an urgent meeting with Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, who maintain the main A7 trunk road.
Areas of particular concern include Buccleuch Road, the Sandbed, Albert Bridge and Commercial Road.
The latter was resurfaced by Aggregate Industries on behalf of BEAR Scotland in September last year as part of a £100,000 programme of works.
Further concerns have been raised over the lack of road markings at the junction with Sainsbury’s, it is understood, due to a dispute between BEAR and the supermarket giants.
While the pedestrian refuge on Wilton Hill has also been vandalised and is in urgent need of repair.
Councillor Marshall raised the issue at a meeting of the A7 Action Group in Langholm.
And he said the pot holes were quickly becoming craters for motorists to manoeuvre round.
He said: “The road surface at the Sandbed, Buccleuch Road and on the Albert Bridge areas of town are in a shocking and dangerous condition.
“I have written to BEAR and Transport Scotland seeking a meeting about Commercial Road too as I’m far from pleased with their recent resurfacing works.Loose manhole covers are in an abundance on this route too.
“I feel that Hawick is being short changed and forgotten about on this issue and the town deserves much better treatment.
“On Albert Bridge I constantly observe motorists driving on the opposite side of the road to avoid the disintegrating surface and apart from being dangerous it is downright unacceptable.”
A BEAR Scotland spokesperson said: “Weekly safety inspections are carried out on this section of the A7 and any identified potholes are repaired within 28 days. We have already raised some carriageway defects on this section of the A7 and these will be repaired in the next few weeks.”
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