B710 REOPENS TO MOTORISTS

The B710 Bowland Road has re-opened to motorists today (10 July) following a three month closure.

The closure was necessary to allow for the construction of a new bridge at Bowlands for the Borders Railway project.

The main bridge structure has now been lifted safely into place and works will continue throughout the summer to complete the remaining elements of the bridge.

The work will be completed under temporary traffic lights for the safety of workers and motorists alike.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for Borders Railway, said: “The closure of this road was necessary to allow us to construct a brand new structure fit to accommodate the new railway after the previous bridge was removed. We thank motorists and nearby residents for their patience whilst this activity was underway.

“While the main bridge structure has now been safely installed, the team will now focus on fully completing it by installing the wall reinforcement and applying surfacing to the deck of the bridge.

“We will keep the community advised of when this work is likely to start closer to the time. Works will be carried out as efficiently as possible to help minimise disruption to motorists.”