June 1, 2021



  • Works to commence Tuesday 8 June 2021


Overnight works to renew the road surface on a section of the A702 between Dolphinton and West Linton is set to commence Tuesday 8 June for two nights.

BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s operating company, will carry out the project with all works planned to be completed by the morning of Thursday 10 June. Working hours will be between 19.30 and 06.30 each night.

For the safety of road workers and motorists, the following traffic management will be in place during these works:

  • On the night of 8 June, a road closure will be in place between Melbourne Crossroads and Hillhead Junction. A diversion will be signposted via Penicuik, the A721, A72, A701 and A703, adding an estimated 10 minutes to affected journeys. Local access will be maintained.
  • On the night of 9 June, temporary traffic lights with a 10mph convoy system will be in place on the A702 at Slipperfield.

All traffic management will be removed during the daytime.

Consultation has taken place with all relevant stakeholders in advance of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements on the A702 south of West Linton will address and repair defects in the road surface which will create safer and smoother journeys for motorists.

“It is essential for the safety of road workers and motorists that we close the carriageway for part of these works, however we’ve made sure they take place overnight in order to minimise any disruption.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these improvements.”

All personnel on site will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Materials removed from the existing carriageway will be recycled using SEPA approved methods.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website www.trafficscotland.org for up to date travel information and allowing extra time for their journey.