Turnbull’s road maintenance anger

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Councillor George Turnbull has hit out at the “poor maintenance” of local trunk roads.

He told Monday night’s Hawick Community Council meeting in the high school that he was aware of a lot of correspondence from various community councils, including Upper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water, about the general state of the A7, which centred on pot holes, surface water and land slippage.

He was particularly concerned about the Dunk/Parkdail section which he said was “an accident waiting to happen” due to excessive surface water and the potential for a sudden frost.

Mr Turnbull was also unhappy with road operator Amey’s responses when bringing issues to its attention.

He said: “We just get this recycled reply that they’re looking into the final feasibility of what they’re going to do. Things are just bumbling on and it’s so frustrating.”

Mr Turnbull went on to highlight complaints about “more work” on the Branxholme straight which would involve traffic lights, and alluded to further correspondence which focused on the “poor state of workmanship” on the A68.

He added: “So there is a lobby of genuine concern about the poor maintenance of the trunk roads, whether it be the A7 or A68.”

An Amey spokesperson said: “During the recent severe winter weather we have concentrated our efforts on carriageway drainage throughout the south east network, of which five schemes were undertaken on the A7.

“Patching and road surface maintenance schemes, with a projected total value of around £2.28million, shall resume shortly. These programmes represent a significant investment, and, as always, Amey are planning these works to maximise the benefits to road users and to provide the best value for money.”