BORDERS MP John Lamont is urging utility firms and the local authority to adopt a joint-up approach to roadworks after it has emerged communities are being cut off.

Multiple closures across the Borders are causing disruption and lengthy diversions.

Mr Lamont highlighted the plight of villagers in Newcastleton this week, who face closures on two routes this month.

The B6399 at Whitrope Heritage Centre is due to be shut for five working days from February 17.

And the B6357 between Saughtree and Singdean has been shut since January 23.

Mr Lamont said: “Newcastleton is already a very rural area with a round trip to Hawick taking around one and a half hours.

"When these roads close, locals are left to count the cost of the disruption.

“Not only do they have to leave longer for their journeys, but there are additional fuel costs as well which can be burdensome for many families.

"Local cafes and businesses will feel the hit of these closures too.

"It is important that closures are kept to only a few days at minimum and local communities are properly notified.

"What we really need to see is more synchronisation between those who are needing to close roads.”