BORDERERS are being asked for their opinion about a proposed trial of a one-way system through a town in the region.

According to Scottish Borders Council (SBC), the one-way system would be introduced on Chiefswood Road in Melrose with the aim of encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

The six-month trial would see vehicle access limited to one lane downhill from the Fairways junction on Chiefswood Road, the council says.

The trial would include a 40mph speed limit on the one-way system, with bollards put in place “to safely separate traffic from pedestrians and cyclists”.

Gordon Edgar, SBC’s executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “Examining ways of improving our infrastructure to encourage active travel and promote healthy lifestyle choices is a high priority for the council.

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“This proposal has been carefully considered, taking into account feedback from our public consultation last year to improve access for walkers and cyclists.

“Chiefswood Road currently offers limited access to pedestrians and cyclists. By providing a dedicated lane for active travellers, whilst maintaining sufficient vehicle access, we believe this proposal offers a safer solution for both.

“We are therefore encouraging as many people as possible to share their views on the proposal to help inform our decision.”

A “dedicated walking and cycling lane” would be installed between April and September this year if the trial goes ahead, according to SBC.

A SBC spokesperson added: “A two-way flow of traffic would be maintained between Fairways and Dingleton Hill and also from the Harleyburn House access to the junction with High Cross Avenue.

“The bus service would continue to operate at the normal frequency, instead turning in Dingleton/Harleyburn Drive.”

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The proposed trial is part of SBC’s Spaces for People programme.

The public questionnaire, including maps and plans for the proposal can be found here.

Members of the public have until March 28 to give their thoughts.