Hub signs are ‘a big bonus’

Councillor Watson McAteer
Councillor Watson McAteer

Speed-actived signs are to be installed at the Burnfoot Hub in a bid to improve safety for children and drivers, writes Jason Marshall.

A significant increase in pedestrians and motorists in Burnfoot Road following the opening of the hub in October led to calls by Burnfoot Community Council for speed-calming measures, and chairman Michael Grieve is delighted that Scottish Borders Council has responed to their concerns.

“It’s always been thought that Burnfoot Road is prone to speeding,” said Mr Grieve. “And particularly with the hub now open, and the amount of people crossing the road in that area, the community council felt that people needed guidance, and these electronic signs really do work. It’s a big bonus for Burnfoot to be getting them.”

Also welcoming the new signs, Councillor Watson McAteer said: ‘I’m delighted that signs designed to warn drivers of children in the area of the hub should be received by the council in the next week. These signs will help reduce an ongoing speeding problem in this area of Burnfoot and improve road safety.”

A council spokesperson said: “The provision of a pair of vehicle-activated signs has been approved and officers from the council are in discussions with suppliers regarding the specification.”

The council could not confirm when the signs, which are being supplied by Glasgow-based Coeval, would be installed.