New contract for Borders trunk roads

The A1 is one of the trunk roads that passes through the Borders
The A1 is one of the trunk roads that passes through the Borders

Trunk roads in south east Scotland, including the A1, A7, A68, A6091 Melrose bypass and the A702 in the Borders, are now the responsibility of Amey.

Transport Scotland award the trunk roads maintenance contracts on a 5-7 year contract, for inspection and maintenance work, salting and snow clearing, gully cleaning and the repair of motorway lighting and traffic signals. Amey looked after south east Scotland trunk roads from 2001 to 2007; BEAR took over in 2007; and Amey are back in the region as from this month while BEAR focus on the north east Scotland contract.

Amey’s responsibilities cover 551 route miles under a contract valued at £92 million, and they have subcontracted Scottish Borders Council to help maintain the trunk road network in the region.

Amey will provide additional winter service patrols on routes between November 1 and March 31, alongside the use of larger salt spreaders and dedicated resource at vulnerable sites in difficult conditions such as Soutra and Carter Bar.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: “Our roads infrastructure is vital to our communities and it is hugely important our main routes are maintained to the highest standards. I look forward to an improved service involving Amey and the council working closely together.”

Keith McKune, Amey’s unit manager for the region, said: “We very much look forward to building on the relationship we enjoyed with Scottish Borders Council during our previous delivery of the south east trunk road maintenance contract, to provide a safe and reliable network for road users in the area.

“We recognise the quality of the work by Scottish Borders Council and are pleased to welcome them as a sub-contractor.”