May 31, 2024

  • Overnight road closure Friday 21 June 2024

The A702 will be closed at West Linton on the night of Friday 21 June, to allow Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland to carry out a detailed inspection of the bridge carrying the trunk road over the Lyne Water.

To minimise disruption, the closure will take place overnight, between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00.

A signed diversion route suitable for trunk road traffic will be in place, with northbound traffic directed to leave the A702 at Melbourne Crossroads and follow the A721, A72, A701 and A703, re-joining the A702 at Hillend. Southbound traffic will be directed to follow the same route in reverse. This will add an additional 3.6 miles and approximately 14 minutes to affected journeys.

Alternative routes are available in the local vicinity of West Linton, however these are not suitable for all vehicles.

Consultation has been carried out with relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans in advance.

David Bishop, BEAR Scotland Unit Bridges Manager explains: “Regular inspection of bridges is key to ensuring that they are well maintained and able to continue carrying traffic for years to come.

“A detailed inspection of bridges such as these is carried out every six years, requiring close access to all areas of the structure.  The space required to accommodate the necessary access equipment on the bridge over the Lyne Water means that the A702 must be closed during the works, however we’ve scheduled them at night to minimise any travel disruption.

“We’re grateful to road users and the local community for their patience and understanding.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at www.traffic.gov.scot, or on X at @trafficscotland.