A new access road connecting the village of Fountainhall with the A7 is now open to motorists. The road has been developed as part of infrastructure improvements related to the Borders Railway project.

Pedestrians travelling between the bus stop and Fountainhall will be temporarily diverted down Old Stage Road until the new footpath of the access road is completed which is expected to be by mid-November. Once the pedestrian footpath on the new access road is active the old Fountainhall access road will be completely closed, as a through road. Local access will remain.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on the grass verges on the adjoining A7 and the embankment in the Fountainhall area. Some temporary traffic measures are required while this work is undertaken but these will be localised to approximately 100 metre sections where required. The 30mph speed limit on A7 at this location will remain in place until the verge, street lighting and barrier works are completed.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director said: “The opening of the new access road will provide Fountainhall residents and visitors with a new route onto the A7 slightly north of Old Stage Road which existed previously. Whilst works continue at this location, motorists will now be able to use the new route. We expect the related works to be completed by mid-November.”

The continuing work to the grass verges at Fountainhall will see extended weekend working hours whilst these essential works are undertaken; the project team will continue to work closely with the local community.