Councillor’s fury over bridge repair delay

SAFETY improvements to the pavement on Albert Bridge will not be carried out until next year.

And even then roads operator BEAR Scotland is unable to give a specific date.

Plans had been revealed back in September to install a new bitumen surface called ‘StreetPrint’, and the work was due to be carried out in the autumn.

But a BEAR Scotland spokes-person claimed this week that, because it lies in a conservation area, consultations with the community were needed to ensure the works met with local approval.

They said: “This consultation process is now complete and the proposals will shortly be submitted to Transport Scotland for approval.

“It is hoped that the work will be undertaken during the financial year 2011-12 and we will seek to do them as soon as practically possible.”

But long-term campaigner Councillor Stuart Marshall told the Hawick News this week: “All too often we are hearing of people being injured as a result of tripping on uneven surfaces on this bridge and we, as councillors, owe it to those victims to keep the pressure on BEAR to deliver this programme of works as a matter of urgency.”

Representatives from BEAR and Transport Scotland have been invited to the December meeting of the Hawick Development Group to explain the current situation.