Following Members’ concerns about the traffic lights and consequential delays on the A68, the Chamber has been looking into the situation by firstly contacting SBC. They have informed us that this is a BEAR Scotland matter. Through emails and Tweets, BEAR Scotland have informed us that they are “looking into the matter”. This was at 1440 on Tuesday 4th December so Members will be kept duly informed.
UPDATE – tweet reply from BEAR Scotland “Lights & barrier are in use in this area of the A68 as a result of a recent landslip. Repairs are being planned”. Will ask for further information to be supplied, 1525 4/12/2012
UPDATE – as at 0850 Wednesday 05/12/2012. “We plan to have signs erected by the end of this week. Investigation and design for the repair is ongoing.” BEAR Scotland.
UPDATE – as at 11th December. Email from BEAR:
“The land slip has occurred over a significant length of the A68 trunk road during a period of exceptional rainfall. Because of the nature of the embankment failure the traffic control system has to remain in place to ensure the safety of users of this section of the A68. The site has been assessed by Geotechnical Specialists to gather the necessary information to enable possible design solutions to be developed and then discussed with Transport Scotland so that suitable funding can be targeted. BEAR Scotland has inspected and tested the existing road drainage system so that suitable repairs can be undertaken. I can advise that one of the repair solutions has been selected and that the design is progressing. At this stage it is not possible to give a definitive timescale for the removal of the temporary traffic management; however it is envisaged that all works will be completed in the spring and that the A68 can return to full lane availability. “
Update 23rd December
Having been promised on 5th December that signs would be erected “by the end of the week” nothing appears to have transpired. A further tweet has been sent to BEAR and Transport Scotland asking for an update and explanation. Their reply will be posted or will be found on twitter @scotborderscc
Update 3rd January from BEAR
“Apologies for the delay in coming back to you. The signs were erected on Monday 31st December”.