BGH junction continues to cause concern

L-R Graham barker, William Windram, David Parker at the engraved stone in memory of Garry Fay Head Stone Mason on the project, who sadly died recently
L-R Graham barker, William Windram, David Parker at the engraved stone in memory of Garry Fay Head Stone Mason on the project, who sadly died recently

DESPITE the changes made to the road-layout at Borders General Hospital, which prevent drivers (except ambulances) turning right onto the A68 Melrose by-pass, Scottish Borders Council are still concerned about the safety of the junction and leader Councillor David Parker called on all councillors last week to support a call for an immediate safety review.

Over the past ten years there have been 18 injury accidents at the road junction at the BGH - and there have been a further two since the new ‘no right turn’ signs went up.

At last week’s meeting of Scottish Borders Council, Councillor David Parker said: “Scottish Borders Council records its concern regarding the injury accident record at the BGH junction.

“Notwithstanding the recent changes that have been made to the junction, the council notes with serious concern that there have been two further vehicular accidents in this area since the start of the new year.

“Scottish Borders Council calls upon Transport Scotland to instigate an immediate road safety review of the BGH junction with a view to implementing a more significant engineering solution to resolve the well recognised accident problems in this location.

“In particular, council requests that a full investigation of a roundabout or slip road should be undertaken and published.”

Last month police reminded people visiting the Borders General Hospital that the new traffic regulations had been introduced in December last year.

The changes were authorised by Transport Scotland in a bid to reduce the number of accidents that have been happening at the junction and £10,000 has been spent on re-aligning the junction.

When leaving the BGH at the main entrance onto the Melrose by-pass motorists must turn left to the roundabout and come back down the by-pass route.

Drivers ignoring the new traffic system and continuing to turn right face a £30 fixed penalty notice.

Councillors at last week’s meeting agreed to the motion and Councillor Parker will now write to Transport Scotland asking for an urgent safety review.