February 8, 2024

UPDATE: Two additional nights of work have been scheduled on Thursday 29 February and Friday 1 March. Exactly the same road closure and diversion will be in place each night as for previously advertised works.

  • Overnight road closures 17 February to 28 February 2024

BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, is set to carry out essential landscape works on the A702 to improve the woodland avenues between Hartside and Causewayend.

Works will take place over twelve nights beginning Saturday 17 – Wednesday 28 February between the hours of 20:30 and 05:30.

During these works the A702 between Hartside and Causewayend will be closed for safety, with diversion routes signposted as detailed in the table below. This will add an extra 11 miles and 17 minutes on to the expected journey time. The same diversion will be used in reverse when travelling southbound.

Location of works Duration Work hours Traffic management
A702 Eastbound and Westbound 17 February to 28 February

(12 nights)

20:30 – 05:30 At Maidencoates roundabout, road users will be diverted along the A73 to Lanark, and then along the A70 and A721 and will connect back on to the A702 at Melbourne Crossroads.


Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network manager, said: “It is essential for safety that we close the A702 while we remove potentially hazardous trees and improve the woodland areas.

“We understand that this will be disruptive and have planned the works to take place at night when traffic flows are lower to reduce the impact.

“The nature of the works will result in a slight increase in noise levels and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience this may cause.

“We thank road users and the local community for their patience and understanding.”

The local community has been consulted regarding the possibility of increased noise during this time period.

All works are weather dependent and subject to postponement in the event of adverse conditions.

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