Work to light up Thomson Bridge scheduled for spring

Councillor Stuart Marshall
Councillor Stuart Marshall

DESPERATE attempts are being made by Scottish Borders Council to shed some light on illumination problems at the James Thomson Bridge.

The structure, which was opened in November 2005 at a cost of £600,000, has been in darkness as a result of vandalism and water damage.

It is understood complications have arisen as the lighting units are situated on the underside of the bridge and are difficult to access.

Replacement parts are also believed to be expensive.

However, following a meeting with the town’s councillors, a solution has been identified and a spokesman for SBC confirmed that the work would be carried out.

He said: “The council is keen to see the bridge lit again and we are looking to examine alternative arrangements that will provide a more robust and cost-effective lighting system.

“Design work is currently under way and we aim to have a solution in place for late spring.”

And the news has been warmly welcomed this week by Hawick and Denholm councillor Stuart Marshall.

“I can say that the new solution that we are looking at is quite innovative and it will provide some interesting lighting options that hopefully the townsfolk will be pleased with,” he said.

“Also I’m sure it will make the bridge much more attractive to townsfolk and visitors alike.”