Proposal to widen Burnfoot junction

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

Plans to widen the Kenilworth Avenue junction in Burnfoot are being costed, amid safety fears for pedestrians and motorists.

Local ward councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer have been working with Scottish Borders Council’s roads department for several months, and on a recent site visit it was agreed that SBC officials should start the process that could see the narrow junction extended.

Councillor Marshall told the Hawick News: “At peak times this entire area can be seriously congested, not only with delivery vehicles but also with people from all parts of town coming to use the facilities of what is a very busy Post Office and the Co-operative store.

“We shouldn’t forget either that on the approach to this junction we have a bus terminus and all of these factors, in my mind, strengthen the case for such works to be undertaken. I feel that improvements to this junction can only serve to make this whole area much safer not only for motorists but more importantly for pedestrians and schoolchildren, too.”

The Hawick News understands that the Post Office is about to extend its opening hours, and could result in more traffic using the already busy road.

Burnfoot Community Council chairman Michael Grieve said: “I think widening the junction will really help as the entrance is very narrow. We may have to look at a one way-system going behind the shops.”

A council spokesperson said: “Officers were advised that drivers were having difficulties entering and exiting the car park which is used by those accessing shops in Kenilworth Avenue and inspections by officers confirmed the problem was associated with the
limited carriageway width.

“Officers agreed that they look at an option of widening the junction, with councillors to be presented with the estimated cost of the work.”