Local diversions needed when A1 has to be closed

The A1 at Torness Power Station, has been the scene of a number of fatal road accidents.
The A1 at Torness Power Station, has been the scene of a number of fatal road accidents.

Following another fatality on the A1 which caused the road to close for several hours, local MSP John Lamont is supporting calls for a local diversions to be put in place.

Earlier this month the A1 near Torness Power Station was closed for around six hours as a result of a pedestrian fatality on the road. This meant that a resident from Cockburnspath who wanted to travel to Dunbar faced a 70 mile diversion via Duns and the A68.

John Lamont MSP said: “Any death on our roads is a tragedy which should be properly investigated and it is right that long distance traffic and large vehicles are properly diverted via roads which can cope.

“However, the closure on the A1 meant that locals who wanted to travel only eight miles up the A1 were faced with a 70 mile diversion. We must be able to avoid this level of disruption.

“That is why I’m calling for local diversion to be routinely put in place when this type of disruption is caused.

“In the Scottish Borders, an accident like the one earlier on in the month can have a disproportionate effect on residents and businesses and the authorities should be doing everything they can to help the community get on with their normal travel arrangements.”

In the latest incident a 67 year old pedestrian, Rose Grey from Newcastle, died following a collision with a car on Wednesday, December 16. Police inquiries are ongoing.

Mr Lamont is also calling for a review of the law to see if police investigations, which are the main cause of the delays, can be carried out more quickly.

He added: “I support calls to look at whether the law could be changed to allow road traffic investigations take place more quickly.

“In Scotland they appear to take a lot longer than other countries and are rarely used by prosecutors. I think the time has come to look again at whether the balance is there between investigations and the wider community.”