May 31, 2024

  • Eight nights of works beginning Wednesday 29 May

Update: Please note that the additional night of works will now take place on Monday 3 June. No work will take place on Saturday 1 or Sunday 2 June. The A68 Newton St Boswells is now being decreased to four nights from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 June.

Update: Works on the A68 Lilliardsedge Caravan Park to Red House will be extended by one night and will now finish on Sunday 2 June. No work will take place on Saturday 1 June.

BEAR Scotland, Transport Scotland’s operating company, is set to carry out essential surfacing improvements on two sections of the A68 later this month.

The project is scheduled to take place over eight nights, from Wednesday 29 May to Friday 7 June, between the hours of 19:30 and 06:00. No work will take place on a Saturday or Sunday.

For the safety of workers and motorists, diversions will be in place at:

A68 Lilliardsedge Caravan Park to Red House – Works will take place between Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 May. The A68 will be closed, and a signed diversion will be in place from Bonjedward to St Boswells via the A698 and the A699. This Diversion will add approximately 14.1 miles and an additional 22 minutes.

A68 Newtown St Boswells – Works will take place from Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June. The A68 will be closed Southbound, and a signed diversion will be in place from St Boswells via the A699 to Selkirk, then onto the A7, and A6091, rejoining the A68 at Ravenswood Roundabout. This diversion will add approximately 15.9 miles and an additional 23 minutes.

Emergency services will be given access throughout the works at all times. Local access for residents will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the works.

Relevant stakeholders have been consulted in advance to make them aware of the plans.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will address and repair defects in the road surface such as potholes or cracks, creating safer and smoother journeys for motorists.

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

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

All work is weather dependent and subject to postponement or cancellation in the event of adverse conditions.