THE A7 is set to benefit from carriageway improvements, with Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland planning five nights of roadworks between 3-7 April.

Resurfacing works are planned on the A7 at Bush farm, five miles north of Langholm, between the hours of 19:30 and 06:00 each night from Monday 3 to Friday 7 April.

The A7 will be closed in both directions while work takes place at each of these locations, with a diversion route signposted between Hawick and Canonbie via the A6088, B6357 and B7201. This diversion is expected to add approximately 7.7 miles and 20 minutes to affected journeys.

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Emergency services will be given access through the works at all times and local access for residents within the closure points will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

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 help to address the defects on this section of the A7 and will improve driving experience for motorists.

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“It is essential for safety that we close the road during these works, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise the impact.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience and understanding. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site

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